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Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni

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Also Known As: Died: July 30, 2007
Born: September 29, 1912 Cause of Death: complications due to a stroke
Birth Place: Ferrara, IT Profession: Writer ...
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While at university began first documentary (shot in an insane asylum); later abandoned
1935:
Wrote for newspaper, <i>Il Corriere Padano</i> in Ferrara
1935:
Worked in bank
1939:
Moved to Rome
1940:
Began writing for magazine <i>Cinema</i>, fired for political reasons after only a few months; magazine's director was Mussolini's son Vittorio
1942:
First film as co-screenwriter, "Un piloto ritorna"; director and co-screenwriter was Roberto Rossellini
1942:
Worked as assistant director on Enrico Fulchignoni's "I due Foscari" and in France on Marcel Carne's "Les visiteurs du soir"
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Served in Italian army; sneaked out of camp to work with Fulchignoni and contrived trip to Paris to work with Marcel returning to Italy when military leave expired
1943:
Worked as a translator of French literature
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Directed and wrote 11 short films; debut, "Gente del Po" (shot in 1943, completed 1947)
1950:
Feature film directing debut (also co-screenwriter; from story), "Cronaca di un Amore/Story of a Love Affair"
1955:
Sole producing credit, Nicolo Ferrari's "Uomini in piu"
1955:
"Le amici/The Girlfriends" widely agreed to be director's first truly outstanding achievement
1957:
Directed Monica Vitti on stage in "I Am a Camera"
1958:
Worked as uncredited co-director on "La tempesta" (Alberto Lattuada) and "Nel segno di Roma" (Guido Brignone)
1960:
Achieved new level of international recognition and success with his "L'Avventura"
1964:
Used color film for first time in "Il deserto russo/The Red Desert"
1966:
First English-language film, "Blow-Up", made in Great Britain; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay
1970:
Directed only US film, "Zabriskie Point"
1975:
"The Passenger", starring Jack Nicholson, brought renewed critical recognition and some degree of commercial success
1982:
Last film for a decade, "Identificazione di una donna/Identification of a Woman"
1985:
Suffered heart attack that left him partially paralyzed
1992:
Completed the documentary short, "Noto - Mandorli - Vulcano - Stromboli - Carnevale/Volcanoes and Carnival"
1995:
Returned triumphantly to form directing "Beyond the Clouds"; Wim Wenders directed linking sequences (including a prologue and epilogue)
1995:
His wife directed a documentary "For Me, to Make a Film Is to Live" chronicling the making of "Beyond the Clouds"
1995:
Presented with honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement

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