Especially these last months, since they have consecrated to two of my favourite film-makers of all time their biggest exhibitions. Truffaut in the Fall/Winter season and now Michelangelo Antonioni in the Springtime/Summer season (April 9-July 19).
Life is beautiful!
Lucky enough to be invited to the vernissage of the exhibition last Wednesday night, I have enjoyed every minute of it and I was very curious to see what the friends at the Cinémathèque were able to do: a great job, as usual!
The space at the 5th floor, very often divided into different corners, have been left completely open, giving the exhibition a particularly free and energetic look (it is not by coincidence that the exposition has been called The Origins of Pop):
The life and the career of Antonioni are followed chronologically in a circular itinerary that suavely run along the Cinémathèque walls.
Everything is there: from his first steps as cinema critic at the Corriere Padano to the first movies written for Rossellini and Fellini, to letters, books, pictures, records, paintings, original screenplays, all the passions of the Ferrara film-maker are shown in the exhibition.
With some surprises too!
I didn't know Antonioni had a huge collection of cinema postcards... and that he used to "store" them in very big books (great idea, now I know where I could collect mine!):
I really loved the niche consecrated to my favourite Antonioni's movie (and my favourite Italian movie tout court), La Notte, part of the famous "Trilogia dell'incomunicabilità" together with L'Avventura e L'Eclisse:
|Lidia (Jeanne Moreau)|
|Antonioni sul set di La Notte, a Milano|
|Foto dal set con J. Moreau, M. Mastroianni, Antonioni e M. Vitti|
|Antonioni e la Vitti discutono sul set di La Notte|
|Vittoria (M. Vitti) e Piero (A. Delon) - L'Eclisse|
|Antonioni e Vanessa Redgrave sul set di Blow Up|
If you are an Antonioni's fan, this is an unmissable exhibition, and even if you don't like his movies, this is still a great exhibition about a film-maker who really changed cinema history with his modern vision of contemporary solitude.
If I were you, I would run to the Cinémathèque to be taken away by Antonioni's world... and watch all his movies that are going to be screened between now and the end of May.
The incomunicabilità has never been so communicative!