Michelangelo Antoniono (1912 - 2007) was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer.
Melinda Camber Porter spoke with Michelangelo Antoniono in Rome in June 1977.
“Too many untold stories are weighing me down. The images of films I have not made continue to accumulate and obsess me.”
“I can only communicate through films. For me, words are either neutral or misleading tools. The image is forceful and direct. I have always felt that words make habits of my thoughts and so I constant try to liberate myself from them. They are cluttered with the myths of society, weighted down by judgemental and prescriptive attitudes. In my films, I have tried to destroy such myths, but, each time one gets rid of one line, a new one hurries to take its place. I think all myths are dangerous, but in fact, I don’t ‘think’ a lot.”
“I always create a catalogue of objects around a character. I do not see him or her as the center of my film. There is no hierarchy in my mind between a character’s context, clothes, objects, and his personality or emotions. People think you have to tell a story about someone rather than something. But the two are invisible for people and so enmeshed in their surroundings.”
Read the full interview here: [PDF]