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Antonioni: Three Short Films (1947-49) Michelangelo Antonioni
Antonioni: Three Short Films (1947-49) Michelangelo Antonioni


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In Italian with English subtitles.

Each documentary is 10-12 minutes long. Shorts included are:

Gente del Po (1947) - Michelangelo Antonioni, like many directors who later became known for their fictional features, started his career making documentary short films. His first was Gente del Po, shot in 1943 but not finished and released until 1947, its production hampered by problems with damaged and partially destroyed negatives. Despite this troubled history, the film is a beautifully shot document of the people who live their lives along — and on — the Po river, working as farmers or living on floating barges.

N.U. (Netezza Urbana) (1948) - A film about the workers of the Netezza Urbana, the department of sanitation: the street-sweepers of Rome. The film has very minimal narration, just a short blurb announcing its purpose at the very beginning of the film, describing the work of the street-sweepers and making the banal point that, though nobody pays attention to them, they are in fact integral to the city's activity. Antonioni then stages a series of quasi-documentary scenes of the street-sweepers at work.

Sette Canne, un Vestito (1949) - "Seven Reeds, One Suit" is a short documentary on the production of rayon. It portrays the production of the new synthetic fabric in the small town of Torviscosa.

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