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Lo sguardo di Michelangelo

Italy, 2004
Documentary, Short


Antonioni – walking without a cane, and looking like Antonioni prior to his stroke – enters the St. Pietro church in Rome to look at and then touch and caress portions of the restoration of Michelangelo’s Moses, then leaves again.

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Lo sguardo di Michelangelo Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Critics reviews

Michelangelo’s Gaze draws our attention to the realities of infirmity, old age, and death, emphasizing its maker’s physical frailty and the uncertainty of his legacy—but for all that, we never actually come face-to-face with the ailing, wheelchair-bound man who sat behind the camera of Beyond the Clouds.
April 15, 2013
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It sounds quite simple, despite the digital trickery that made it possible, but like the montage sequence at the end of L’Eclisse (1962), this is a very intricate simplicity, in terms of framing as well as editing. Conceptually it might be described as one restoration interacting with another restoration – a spectacle that, like all of Antonioni’s greatest films, pointedly raises more questions than it dares to answer, and preserves more mysteries than it can dream of resolving.
January 01, 2004
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