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Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni Dead at 93

Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni has died in Rome at the age of 94. Antonioni was one of the giants of European cinema. His passing comes on the same day as another legendary director, Ingmar Bergman.

His 1960 film L'Avventura became an arthouse classic and was followed by La Notte in 1961 and L'Eclisse in 1962. The three films are often considered to be a trilogy because of their similar themes.

In 1966, he released his first film in English, Blowup, starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings. His other English-language films include Zabriskie Point and The Passenger.

In 1996, Jack Nicholson, who starred in The Passenger, presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.

"With Antonioni dies not only one of the greatest directors but also a master of modernity," said Rome mayor Walter Veltroni this morning. A quiet funeral is planned in Ferrara, his birthplace in northern Italy, this Thursday.

Italian visionary Antonioni dies at 94

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