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Antonioni and the Arts, 26 October 2012


Watch the first part of the Antonioni and the Arts at the Arts Building, Royal Holloway on 26 October 2012.

A study day devoted to the late Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) took place on Friday, 26 October, in Egham, co-sponsored by HARC, SMLLC, Media Arts, and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni.  

The centenary of the birth of this master of European modernist cinema was a chance to bring together a number of scholars and curators who have a particular interest in the interdisciplinary aspects of Antonioni's oeuvre.  

Dr Laura Rascaroli (U. of Cork) and Dr John David Rhodes (U. of Sussex), who edited the 2011 volume, Antonioni: Centenary Essays, offered a novel perspective on the work    of the Italian film-maker by focusing on the influence of art and architecture respectively. The two talks were preceded by a screening of two rare Antonioni documentaries: Gente del Po (1943-7) and Lo Sguardo di Michelangelo (2004).


The second part of the study day  was a lecture by film scholar and curator, Professor Dominique Païni (École du Louvre, Paris), who presented with slides his plans for the forthcoming centenary exhibition on Antonioni in his home-town  of Ferrara. 

Professor Païni revealed that the physical challenge of the exhibition space, the Renaissance Palazzo dei Diamanti, created the opportunity to present Antonioni's work as a series of contrasts arising from the idea that cinema is, after all, narrative sculpture in movement, and that shapes are born out of the most basic contract, that of light and dark.

The entire event was recorded by the film-maker, Alessandro Zangirolami.

The day was organised by Dr Giuliana Pieri (Reader in Italian and Visual Studies), Ms Eleonora Raspi (doctoral student in Italian Studies), Professor James S. Williams (Professor of Modern French Literature and Film).

Watch the second part of the Antonioni and the Arts lecture in the Arts Building at Royal Holloway.


Watch the first part of the second half of the study day devoted to Antonioni and the Arts at the Windsor Building, Royal Holloway, on 26 October 2012.


Watch the final part of the Antonioni and the Arts study day at Royal Holloway.


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