Michelangelo Antonioni was among the boldest and most innovative filmmakers to rise to fame in Europe during the 1960's. Antonioni abandoned the accepted constraints of narrative cinema and used images to tell stories in new and compelling ways, placing his emphasis on visuals rather than dialogue, embracing an expressive use of color in his later films and challenging the assumptions and ideals of his viewers. Antonioni enjoyed international success despite his refusal to compromise; La Notte, L'Avventura, The Red Desert, Blow Up and The Passenger were among the most celebrated European pictures of the 1960's and 70's, and he remained a respected figure in world cinema until his death in 2007. Filmmaker Carlo di Carlo offers a look at Antonioni the man as well as the artist in Antonioni su Antonioni, a documentary which uses interviews with the director to paint a portrait of the quiet, contemplative individual whose bouts of shyness stand in contrast to the fearless auteur behind the camera. Antonioni su Antonioni received its world premiere at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
by Mark Deming synopsis