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Calendar, Night&Day To Rome, with Love

To Rome, with Love

As you count down the dwindling days on your summer fling, it’s perfectly natural to feel a melancholy twinge. The Italians have a word for it: Ciao. (As in, “It was nice, but don’t let the door hit you on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Act Naturally

Act Naturally

Seeing that it's Oscar season, motion picture — and moving-body — art beckons. And frankly, we’d find a contemporary refraction and reinterpretation of Michelangelo Antonioni’s beautiful, black-and-white L’Avventura irresistible any time. The visionary Italian director’s sun-drenched 1960 tale of amorality…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's Darkest Just Before the Curtain

It's Darkest Just Before the Curtain

Michelangelo Antonioni's gift to the world: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, and Monica Vitti in bad moods. In a classic of epically Italian proportions, these thespian geniuses are condemned to confusion, drunken wandering, and posession of just enough depth to wonder…
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Saying Goodbye To Two Giants of Cinema

Ingmar Bergman directed more than 50 features, but he was a significant figure in 20th-century culture in part because he was so obviously significant. Last week's inch-above-the-fold front-page New York Times obituary cites Woody Allen's pledge of allegiance: The Swedish…
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Film, Mighty Aphrodite

Mighty Aphrodite

Eros is not a single film but three, each roughly half an hour, joined in a common goal. The first segment was made by Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love) and the second by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Cast Away

Cast Away

ONGOING 12/3-1/7 Stateside, Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni is mostly revered for one mod-freakout of a thriller: the 1966 movie Blowup, in which a swinging '60s photographer believes he may have captured a murder on camera and obsessively searches for the…
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All Mod Cons

Haight Street might have been the place to wear flowers in your hair, but mods knew that the hippest place on 1960s Earth was Swinging London and its youthquaker epicenter, Carnaby Street. The music and fashion union sounded like the…
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Zoom Lens

The Lonely Crowd The nearly complete series of the films of Michelangelo Antonioni screening at the Castro for two weeks beginning this Friday offers a great opportunity to engage the challenges and rewards of this "modernist master" -- as the…
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