Italian director Antonioni dies, funeral set for Thursday

Legendary Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni, who directed more than 30 films including several widely- acknowledged masterpieces, died on Monday evening in his home in Rome at the age of 94, his family said Tuesday.

Italian director Antonioni dies, funeral set for Thursday
Legendary Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni, who directed more than 30 films including several widely- acknowledged masterpieces, died on Monday evening in his home in Rome at the age of 94, his family said Tuesday.

The maestro passed away peacefully next to his wife Enrica Fico.

His death came the same day as that of another European film making great, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, who had died at the age of 89 early Monday at his home on the Baltic Sea island of Faro.

Antonioni's body was to lay in state in Rome's Town Hall on Wednesday, with his funeral planned for Thursday in his hometown of Ferrara, in northern Italy.

"Cinema was never the same after Antonioni," said Rome Mayor and cinema buff Walter Veltroni, who compared the late modernist director to Henri Matisse and Marcel Proust.

Born to a comfortable bourgeois family on September 29, 1912, Antonioni directed more than 30 films during his 61-year career.

His greatest masterpieces include Blow Up (1966), Zabriskie Point (1970) and The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson.

In 1985 a stroke left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak.

DPA
Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2007, 19:42
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