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Antonioni and the Aesthetics of Impurity: Remaking the Image in the 1960s

Matilde Nardelli


Michalangelo 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 re ... More

Keywords: Modern cinema, Antonioni, Intermediality, Aesthetics, Mass media, Art, Experimental practices, Avant-garde, Photography, Painting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474444040
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matilde Nardelli, author
University of West London