“FREE” ITALIAN FILM in HONOR of the FILM MASTER of "NEOREALISM"
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI @ the NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.
The NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, The AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE,
and THE ITALIAN CULTURE INSTITUTE/EMBASSY OF ITALY
CELEBRATING MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI CENTENARY
16 FREE FILMS by the World acclaimed Director
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 thru MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2012
SUNDAY AUGUST 26, 2012 @ 4:30PM
"L' AVVENTURA" - The ADVENTURE
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
EAST BUILDING Concourse - AUDITORIUM
401 Constitution Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20565
Event WEB SITE “CLICK HERE”
MEETUP Inside the EAST Bldg. downstairs @ AUDITORIUM Front Entrance.
FREE/GRATIS! NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY.
NGA Auditorium films are open to the public and seating is on a 1st-come, 1st-seated basis.
Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute/Embassy of Italy In collaboration with National Gallery of Art, and the American Film Institute.
The Master Director Michelangelo ANTONIONI @ work
September 29 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian master filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni (1912–2007), arguably the most influential director of the postwar era.
The National Gallery of Art joins the American Film Institute (AFI) and the Italian Cultural Institute, Washington, in a retrospective of his most distinguished works. The early Italian films, including several shorts and documentaries (loaned through the courtesy of Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia–Cineteca Nazionale) are screened at the National Gallery during August and early September, while the English-language classics are shown at the AFI Silver Theatre in September.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012 @ 4:30 PM
4:30 pm - L' AVVENTURA – The ADVENTURE
A woman (Lea Massari) disappears along a rocky stretch of beach and her friend (Monica Vitti) and lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) try to find her. This simple stratagem is the premise for Antonioni's chic and existential breakthrough, a film that challenges all expectations for clarification or resolution, with every frame an exercise in modernist composition. - 145 minutes.
Preceded by the short film "NETTEZZA URBANA" – SANITATION - 9 minutes
In Italian with ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Some SHORT films in Italian.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI
Antonioni was born into a prosperous family of landowners in Ferrara, Regione Emilia Romagna, in northern Italy. Upon graduation from the University of Bologna with a degree in economics, he started as a film journalist for the local Ferrara newspaper Il Corriere Padano in 1935. In 1940, Antonioni moved to Rome, where he worked as a director, screenwriter, editor of neorealist films, and semi-documentary film studies of the lives of ordinary Italian people in post WWII Italia.
Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Knight of the Great Cross of Italy) was best known for his "trilogy on modernity and its discontents" —L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and Eclipse (1962). Antonioni "redefined the concept of narrative cinema" and challenged traditional approaches to storytelling, realism, drama, and the world at large. He produced "enigmatic and intricate mood pieces" and rejected action in favor of contemplation, focusing on image and design over character and story. His films defined a "cinema of possibilities".
Antonioni received numerous awards and nominations throughout his career, including the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize (1960, 1962); Palme d'Or (1966), and 35th Anniversary Prize (1982); the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion (1955); Golden Lion (1964); FIPRESCI Prize (1964, 1995); Pietro Bianchi Award (1998); the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon eight times; and an honorary Academy Award in the USA in 1995.
FILMS SCHEDULE in AUGUST + SEPTEMBER 2012
(ALL Films in Italian with ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Some short films without Subtitles)
For This Film and 15 other FREE Films Synopsis by Director Antonioni @ NGA in Aug.+ Sept. 2012 please >>> “CLICK HERE”
FREE / GRATIS! NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY. NGA Auditorium programs are open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.