Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials

Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Gianfranco Mingozzi
58 min

And it's after this experience that he decided to become a director.

He was a college student, then.

He was a university student then.

He was an excellent one, and clever,

and he was very likable, actually extremely so.

And always very private about his own business. Who knows,

it must have been his natural inclination,

and you can see it running in his work, always...

a vein of sadness, I'd say.

Ferrara is a small old silent city in the Po' plain...

seemingly inviting to pleasure and dissipation.

Not far from here, on the banks of the river Po',

Visconti shot Obsession ; a few miles from here,

on the banks of this same river over a two-year period

Antonioni shot his first documentary Gente del Po',

about the fishermen and their boats,

with images foreshadowing the coming of neorealism.

"ln starting to understand the world through the image" he wrote,

"l understood image itself, its strength, its mystery."

"Rome, the fourth day of the street sweepers' strike.

A meeting at the Circus Maximus of a thousand silent,

orderly, men in blue shirts, waiting for we don't know what.

An orgy of abstract images.

A figurative violence never seen before."

From this vision comes a documentary

that wins the Silver Medal at the Venice film festival.

Antonioni has completed his apprenticeship.

He has been a student at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia,

Carne's assistant and co-script writer with Visconti and De Santis;

he has written film reviews, directed shorts.

In 1950 he shot his first feature Story of a Love Affair.

MARCO FERRERI director I met Antonioni working for Documento mensile;

he was one of the writers for this film magazine.

We became good acquaintances

and he was already thinking of shooting Story of a Love Affair.

We discussed the film, and we looked together for a producer

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