Pushing the boundaries of seventh art: Michelangelo Antonioni during the shooting of ‘Blow-Up.’
“Antonioni approached filmmaking like an author examining the character, and how best to represent and develop a character on screen. He also wanted to find a different way to tell his stories, something he had learnt from his time as a documentary filmmaker. Antonioni would keep the camera running long after the actors had delivered their lines. He claimed it made the actors relax and behave more naturally, more spontaneously, as they were caught unguarded, while the over-extended pause created tension. His actors were filmed in an exacting way, by which the framing would best explain something about their character. As Antonioni once wrote: ‘A line spoken by an actor in profile does not have the same meaning as one given full-face. A phrase addressed to the camera placed above the actor does not have the same meaning it would if the camera were placed below him.’” —On directing ‘Blow-Up’: ‘I am not God, but I am Michelangelo Antonioni’
Antonioni was still three years from the U.S. release of ‘Zabriskie Point’ when he sat for a Playboy Interview in 1967.
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