Italian Film Director Michelangelo Antonioni Dies At 94

ROME (AP) - Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, best known for his movies "Blow-Up" and "L'Avventura," has died, officials and news reports said Tuesday. He was 94.

The ANSA news agency said that Antonioni died at his home on Monday evening.

"With Antonioni dies not only one of the greatest directors but also a master of modernity," Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni said in a statement.

In 1995, Hollywood honored Antonioni's career work - 25 films and several screenplays - with a special Oscar for lifetime achievement.

Antonioni depicted alienation in modern world through sparse dialogue and long takes. Along with Federico Fellini, he helped turn post-war Italian film away from the Neorealism movement and toward a personal cinema of imagination.