Antonioni: Confronting the Modern World with Style
“Until the film is edited, I have no idea myself what it will be about... Perhaps the film will only be a mood, or a statement about a style of life.” Michelangelo Antonioni. With the boggling abundance of VIDEO CONTENT available at the touch of a button, it's mighty refreshing to take a considered look at cinema when cinema was really cinema. You know, when filmmakers could employ sophistication, style, and subtlety without worrying about attention spans and engagement - enter the atmospheric realm of the innovative Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni. The BFI are doing a whole season devoted to his timeless work - influential films which were visually elegant, subtle and pretty fucking cool. They're about mood, gesture and environment, often following people striving to find satisfaction in the frivolity of modern life. Social change, moral uncertainty and personal disillusionment are all rife here - we'd tip Red Desert, Blow Up, and The Passenger as the ones to catch.