Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Antonioni dead too...

This week is turning out to be a film lovers' apocalypse...

Guardian has an obituary and other comments.

2 comments:

Henry S. said...

No Christmas this July...that's for sure. But then they had long lives and gave many films. Bergman was prolific to a degree no longer possible today in Europe even though he was five years younger than Antonioni he made twice the number of films.

Well the apocalypse still isn't here though...there's still Alain Resnais, Godard, Chabrol, Rivette and among Non-New Wavers there's Manoel de Oliveira from Portugal who has two films coming soon and will turn 99 this december, Bela Tarr and Alexander Sokurov and that's just Europe.

But this has not been a good month for cinema. Edward Yang, Ousmane Sembene and two giants on the same day...

Alok said...

I didn't really mean apocalypse in the sense of the end of art form. Only as the end of a generation or a specific sensibility.

I feel excited about contemporary cinema too. Europe has certainly lost the central focal point it had in the sixties to a large extent but that need not necessarily be a bad thing.