Filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni RIP

Michelangelo Antonioni, the Italian maestro new word whose films of modern alienation captured aspects of human consciousness previously unexplored by cinema, died at his home Monday in Rome. The director of such classics as “L’Avventura” and “Blow Up” was 94.

His death, coming a day after the death of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, served to remind film lovers of the richness and invention of European cinema in the 1960s and ’70s and how very little that has followed can match that era, both for its sheer ambition and for its faith in the possibilities of film.

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