- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: British Film Inst; First Thus edition (November 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851702740
- ISBN-13: 978-0851702742
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rohdie remarks, in the brief introductory essay part of his book`s bibliography that he "found little material of any value in English on Antonioni." There is, on the other hand, much of great value about Antonioni`s life and art in Italian, especially, and in French, which I mention to encourage those who are proficient in those languages and can access the literature cited, whether in good library collections or, also through a library, by means of inter-library loans. Certainly, Sam Rohdie`s own book is of very solid merit. It can seem, however, both "solid and stolid" to the average movie-fan reader, not because Rohdie`s insights are lacking in solidity and pertinence, but because such a reader probably will find that this book`s level of heavy-going technical and aesthetic analysis is more than the said average film lover and reader will care to bear with, the more so as Rohdie`s approach mostly is thematic rather than a straightforwardly film-by-film way of discussing Antonioni`s movies and career (as a writer on film as well as a film-maker).
If the reader is sufficiently motivated, Rohdie`s study is the book for him. Other readers, however, may be content with only such a less technical and very attractive (highly and beautifully illustrated), as well as even shorter book at 96 pages (compared to Rohdie`s 213 densely printed pages), by Seymour Chatman, the entertaining and clear "Michelangelo Antonioni, the Complete Films" (Taschen, 2008), which, of course, has the added value of complete coverage of Antonioni`s career right to his demise in 2007. Chatman`s approach proceeds mostly film-by-film and the book`s back matter (chronology, filmography, and bibliography) are quite helpful and almost as readable as Chatman`s main text itself. For the really devoted and patient fan, or for the film scholar, critic, or practitioner, both Rohdie`s and Chatman`s books alike would be essential reading.