Ingmar Bergman & Michelangelo Antonioni, RIP

Bergman and principal cinematographer Sven Nykvist, during filming of “Through A Glass, Darkly” in 1960.

Director Michelangelo Antonioni

Two of cinema’s greatest artists passed away yesterday: Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) & Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007).

Both filmmakers are known for their austere, albeit distinct styles. Bergman with his unflinching examinations of intimate relationships, carnal and spiritual, and Anotonioni’s beautiful, slow moving camera capturing the silence and empty spaces in his characters lives and environs.

“Mr. Bergman made about 50 films over more than 40 years. He centered his work on two great themes — the relationship between the sexes and the relationship between mankind and God. Mr. Bergman found in film, he wrote in a 1965 essay, ‘a language that literally is spoken from soul to soul in expressions that, almost sensuously, escape the restrictive control of the intellect.'”

”’In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places our hearts, and found in them, too, a strange and terrible beauty: austere, elegant, enigmatic, haunting,’ Jack Nicholson said in presenting Antonioni with the career Oscar.”

Mervyn Rothstein. Ingmar Bergman, Master Filmmakers, Dies at 89. New York Times. July 31, 2007.

Associated Press obituary on Antonioni

Posted by: Ian M.


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