*Superstizione (Superstitions)*. 1949. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

In his earliest films of the 1940s and ’50s—”intense” and “sympathetic” documentary portraits of Roman street cleaners and barge workers along the Po River, superstitious rituals in rural southern Italy and a vertiginous cable-car ride over the Dolomites—Antonioni invented his “own brand of neorealism,” experimenting with tracks and pans, extreme long shots, and “poetically free” montage in order to transcend generic types. All films written and directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and in Italian with English subtitles.

Program 91 min.

Gente del Po (People of the Po Valley). 1947. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 11 min.

N.U. (Nettezza Urbana) (Sanitation Department). 1948. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 12 min.

Sette canne, un vestito (Seven Reeds, One Suit). 1948. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 10 min.

Superstizione (Superstitions). 1949. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 9 min.

La funivia del Faloria (The Funicular of Mount Faloria). 1950. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Digital projection. In Italian; English subtitles. 5 min.

La villa dei mostri (The Villa of Monsters). 1950. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 10 min.

L'amore in città: “Tentato suicidio” (Love in the City: “Attempted Suicide”). 1953. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, Antonioni, and others. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 22 min.

Antonioni and Zavattini’s film on attempted suicides in contemporary Rome was a groundbreaking form of staged documentary.

  1. Thursday, December 14, 2017,
    7:15 p.m.

    T1, Theater 1
  2. Friday, December 8, 2017,
    4:30 p.m.

    T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Michelangelo Antonioni.