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When the Movies MatteredThe New Hollywood Revisited$
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Jonathan Kirshner and Jon Lewis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736094

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736094.001.0001

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Antonioni’s America

Antonioni’s America

Blow-Up, Zabriskie Point, and the Making of a New Hollywood

(p.36) Chapter 2 Antonioni’s America
When the Movies Mattered

Jon Lewis

Cornell University Press

In January 1967 executives from MGM contracted with European New-Wave icon Michelangelo Antonioni to distribute his Palm d’Or-winning picture Blow-Up in the United States. With the commercial success of that picture, MGM entered into a second contract with Antonioni giving him carte blanche to make an American studio movie about the youth counterculture eventually titled, Zabriskie Point. This chapter evaluates the MGM-Antonioni interlude, emphasizing its historical importance as an early and fraught attempt at an American studio auteur picture revealing an industry on the verge of some very big changes.

Keywords:   Michelangelo Antonioni, New Hollywood, Blow Up, Zabriskie Point, New Wave, New Hollywood

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