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Bergman gazed at humanity and found an irreducible core; Antonioni discovered only a dissolution of self. To my mind, Antonioni's vision was truer

By Mark Cousins   September 2007

With the deaths, on the same day, of Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, the golden age of European arts cinema became past tense. I’m currently making a documentary series on the history of world cinema; both directors were near the top of my interview wishlist. As I struck them off, I realised that almost no one remains to talk about the emergence of European art cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. The wall between it and us feels sealed now, which is sad.

This sadness was complicated by the acres of media coverage devoted to the directors’ deaths. Bergman and…

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