Publicity still from L’avventura(1960)

“An Antonioni film is understood not by listening to what the pepople say, although this may ofetn provide nuance and complexity, but by looking at where the people stand, what they touch, what they look at, and what looks at them… Not only is the landscape used to make general statements about the personalities of the people, but the more specific states of consciousness are expressed through particular locales. Where an event kates place will tell us more about the event, and its meaning of the people, than what the people say and do… The environment imposes itsef upon the sensibilities of the characters, influencing their behaviour. Background becomes foreground and foreground becomes background. Each inflects the other.”

Ted Perry & Rene Prieto

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