Isn’t It Ironic?

These master filmmakers were never friends

It seems God is a cineaste. And He has quite a sense of humor. At least that’s how film buffs around the world saw it when Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and Italy’s Michelangelo Antonioni -- two of the last living master filmmakers of the 20h Century -- both died July 30. Bergman’s filmography is filled with the kind of deep, poignant, ponderous films that have long caused cinema buffs to contemplate the human condition. Antonioni’s films were visual treats that left audiences dreaming of his lingering images. To celebrate the undeniably significant legacies of these two greats, the Miami Beach Cinematheque will present a month of screenings titled The Dreamer and the Aesthete: Bergman & Antonioni.

The series kicks off tonight with The Virgin Spring, the breathtaking 1960 Bergman masterpiece that, strangely enough, inspired Wes Craven’s horror classic Last House on the Left. See it tonight at 8:30.
Sept. 1-30, 2007
 
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