Antonioni and the aesthetics of impurity: remaking the image in the 1960s

Nardelli, Matilde ORCID: (2020) Antonioni and the aesthetics of impurity: remaking the image in the 1960s. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781474444040

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Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s films are widely recognized as both exemplars of cinema and key texts in ushering in cinema’s ‘modern’ incarnation. Reconnecting Antonioni’s aesthetically audacious films of the 1960s to the ferment of their historical time, Antonioni and the Aesthetics of Impurity addresses these works’ crucial, yet overlooked, affinity with the new ‘impure’ art practices that emerged in the period. At the same time, the book also offers a novel reading of the films’ dialogue with postwar pictorial abstraction. Revealing an Antonioni who embraced both mixed and mass media and reflected on them via his cinema, the book replaces auteuristic accounts of the director’s work with a new understanding of its critical significance in late-twentieth century cinema and visual culture.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: cinema and art, impure cinema, Intermediality, late modernity, Michelangelo Antonioni, mixed and mass media
Subjects: Arts > Cultural history
Film and television
Media > Media history and theory
Media > Photography
Arts > Art and design history
Depositing User: Matilde Nardelli
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 09:19
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 12:13

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