Michelangelo Antonioni courtesy Warner Independent Pictures Michelangelo Antonioni courtesy Warner Independent Pictures

What a week - first Ingmar Bergman, now this. According to officials in Rome, one of Italy's, if not the world's, greatest directors, Michelangelo Antonioni, has died at the age of 94. Among his languidly paced but widely admired films are L'Avventura, La Notte and L'Eclisse. "In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places in our hearts, and found in them, too, a strange and terrible beauty," said Jack Nicholson, the star of Antonioni's 1975 movie The Passenger, when he presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1995.