thu 16 aug 2007 21:08:11 raamgracht
antonioni died a couple weeks ago
i forgot to mention before: michelangelo antonioni died at the end of july 2007, at age 94. bergman is dead too recently.
a few days later i was watching tv, and some panelist on a BBC talk show suggested that both bergman and antonioni were just plain boring, and that the fact that their films could probably never find funding today was a good thing. he associated them with left-wing politics, which made them even more boring in his view.
i can't remember the commentator's name now. but what he said made me sad. i wanted to become a filmmaker *because* guys like antonioni gave us permission to make movies like that. so i don't like it when some cultural commentator tries to revoke that permission on me.
alain tanner. jerzy skolimowski. michelangelo antonioni. ingmar bergman. reinhardt haupt. r w fassbinder. wim wenders. they were all influential filmmakers, to me anyway.