Bergman, Antonioni Today

Written by Joe D on August 1st, 2007

The deaths of these two maestros got me thinking. Do young people today watch their films or even know who they are? A friend of a friend teaches a film course at a prestigous art college, according to him students are not that interested in classic Cinema from the 50’s and 60’s. They barely know Fellini let alone Antonioni. Although he reports that there seems to be a lot of interest in Kubrick among film students. Also a lot of young people find these art films boring, not just Antonioni but Truffaut and Godard as well! And I’m not talking about dumb people, these are college educated young professionals. To make matters worse there’s an article in the NY Times today lamenting the lack of Antonioni titles on DVD. So even if people want to see his films, they can’t. When I was a young cinephile these two were Titans on the horizon of Film. Are people less interested in intellectually challenging films? Is this a symptom of the dumbing down of world culture? Only Time will Tell.

The powerful presence of Steve Cochran graces an early Antonioni effort “Il Grido”