That Bowling Alley on the Tiber

That Bowling Alley on the Tiber : Tales of a Director

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In this book, Michelangelo Antonioni, the great filmmaker, gives us a glimpse inside his creative mind. He guides us through thirty-three pieces elaborating ideas for films as yet unproduced. This beautifully illustrated book reveals a master of cinema in a new role - that of an accomplished and evocative writer.show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 138 x 202 x 18mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195042247
  • 9780195042245

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Snatches of visions, plots, scenarios, overheard dialogue, fancies and poetic musings fill this appealingly fragmented and curious book. Antonioni, whose films, L'avventura and La notte, symbolized the aimless and desperate emptiness of love, continues here his probings of modern man's itchy sensibilities. He does it well, but without giving us a real biography. If you want to know the intimate details of his life, look elsewhere. His fans will hover over his ideas of film and will be given a chance to partake in his reconstructions of the creative process. He is a man who seizes the seed of a movie in an idle street encounter, a creator for whom a city's rustlings can be dissected, analyzed and become a sound track for a film for which there is as yet no plot. He thinks with his eyes and senses - smells, light and people encountered almost anywhere rouse him to imagine who they are and what sadnesses haunt the outer edge of their lives, waiting like destiny to destroy them. Like his favorite poet, T.S. Eliot, he senses the tragic nexus of man's life, but unlike the poet he is not sure of God or salvation. Avowedly secular and questioning, he suffers the dilemmas for which religion offers succor, but he remains a man whose visions are decidedly untheological. He is a philosopher for the post-WW II man, the existential man, the lonely and Godless. If the reader will put up with fragments, snippets and disconnected pieces, and is not frustrated because the director hasn't given fuller reign to some riveting scenes and character, then all will be well. Antonioni will reward the patient (and the unconventional) with moments of rare lucidity. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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