By Darius KADIVAR from
Titans of European Cinema ©imdb.com
The World of Motion Pictures was hit
by the sad but much expected news of the demise of the two major pillars of
Sadly the death of these two major directors may also announce the end of an era: That of Europe’s Golden Age of filmmaking. Both Antonioni and Bergman were considered as Authors in their own right. However they also managed to combine Box Office success with critical acclaim for several decades in a highly competitive and industry oriented Artform. Both Antonioni and Bergman were also to be nominated for the Oscars and Palme D’Or several times and even won them on several occasions.
Antonioni’s I Tre Volti aka Three Faces of a Women (1965) (*) introduced
Princess Soraya of
Antonioni directed Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings in Blow Up
(1966). ©imdb.com & Iranian.com
Antonioni’s L’Aventura and L’Eclisse won the Cannes Jury Prize respectively in 1960 and 1962 and Blow Up earned the Palme D’Or in 1967. The Latter film was to bring Stardom to its lead Actors Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings. As for Ingmar Bergman he was to be nominated for nine Oscars throughout his career and won the Academy Award three times for best foreign language film and if he never won the Palme D’Or despite several nominations he was to earn the Palm of Palms in 1997 for the Cannes Film Festivals 50th Anniversary.
Blow Up Star Vanessa Redgrave also starred in Kayvan
Mashayekh’s feature film The Keeper :The Legend of Omar Khayyam.
©imdb.com & Kayvan Mashayekh
Interestingly Iranian Cinema has
also benefited indirectly from these two great maestros. Antonioni was to direct
the Former and 2nd Queen of
The film Blow Up was shot the following year by Antonioni and has been an inspiration to many film directors since including Iranian New Wave director Abbas Kiarostami whose Film Close-Up is also a visual essay on the nature of films and filmmaking.
As for Ingmar Bergman’s recurrent
film Star the Swedish actor Max Von Sydow, he was to appear in an Italian
production shot in Bam in
Antonioni’s Blow Up as much as Abbas Kiarostami’s Close Up are first
and foremost brilliant visual essays about Voyeurism on film
The passing away of Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni is a great loss for the film community in general but their film legacy will certainly live on in our millennium as great works of Art by the two Last Giants of European Cinema.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON !
(*) Three Faces of a Women (1965) starring Princess Soraya is not available on DVD. Lets hope that the distributors will do so in a near future.
(**) Max Von Sydow’s appearance in Valerio Zurlini’s The Tartar’s Desert is now available on DVD.
Lesson’s from the Keeper by Darius KADIVAR
Valerio Zurlini’s Tartar’s Desert Shot in Bam by Darius KADIVAR
Iranian film director Parvin Ansary in Italian Cinema interviewed by Brian Appleton
Persian Italian actress Maya Sansa by Darius Kadivar
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Columnist for OCPC Magazine in LA and Paris.
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