- The Topology of Disappearance: Michelangelo Antonioni
|Synopsis||This film takes us through the hours Lidia who is in the midst of contemplating death and the end of relationships spends one night. Unlike her husband Giovanni, a writer who is filled with hope that his new book will get him into Milan’s high society, Lidia feels overwhelmed by her psychological and spatial state. As she strolls from the busy city to the tranquil suburbs, from the packed party room to an empty park, the film depicts the psychology of someone drawn to empty spaces.
Michelangelo ANTONIONI 미켈란젤로 안토니오니Born in Ferrara, Italy in 1912. After studying Economics, he worked as a film journalist until he shot the Neorealism-influenced documentary People of the Po Valley (1947). His first feature-length film, Story of a Love Affair (1950) was his first step into a body of work that focused on the alienation, loneliness and the rupture in relationships of the Italian middle-class. He introduced an original format to explore the psychology of humans experiencing existential conflict that came with the rapidly shifting post-war social values. L'Avventura that was showcased at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival shocked the world with its new approach that destroy narrative structures, signaling the beginning of the 1960s modern cinema. After the success of his "alienation trilogy" including L'Avventura, The Night (1961) and The Eclipse (1962), and Red Desert (1964), Blow-Up (1966) marks a shift in his career as he started shooting films outside of Italy and stepped up as the leading cineaste of Modernism. He passed away at the age of 94 in 2007.