Raised in Ferrara, Italy, Antonioni was surrounded by a middle-class
As a child, he held interests in puppetry and painting, as well as painting
landscapes and constructing small cardboard towns. By the age of fourteen he had
continued to paint, yet now with oils, creating portraits and representations of
At 10 years of age, he had spent much of his time designing puppet and stick
“I know the bourgeois class better. I grew up with that background, as a tennis
champion, [but] the aristocrats or the bourgeois are sliding into nothingness.
They’re disappearing slowly.” From 1931-1935, he studied at the University of
Bologna in economics while becoming involved in student theatre.
Following Bologna, he transferred to a technical institute enrolling in business
and economics courses.
As a graduate, he turned his attention once again to the theatre, writing several
plays, and forming a small student company.
At this time, he was publishing short stories in a local newspaper (“IL Corriere
At this time, he was unemployed, and for financial means, he took up a job at the
World’s Fair for several months.
In 1940, following the publication of his short stories, he also wrote film criticism
in the magazine
, the official fascist film magazine edited by Vittorio
Mussolini (son of Dictator Benito Mussolini). Many viewed his criticism as
severe and faced much difficulty with the editor of the publication and
subsequently fired within a few months.
10. By attacking these particular films, Antonioni was attacking “the fascist regime
that produced them…and as a result his articles were cut.”
11. For Several months, Antonioni resided in Rome, unemployed, suffering from