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NYT: A Chronicler of Alienated Europeans in a Flimsy New World

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire August 1, 2007 at 6:57AM

Decades before it was given a name, Michelangelo Antonioni recognized the malady we now call attention deficit disorder. In his great 1960s films, "L'Avventura," "La Notte," "Eclipse" and "Red Desert," but especially in "L'Avventura," his masterpiece, it wasn't diagnosed as a chemical imbalance, but as a communicable social disease. Stephen Holden reports.
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Decades before it was given a name, Michelangelo Antonioni recognized the malady we now call attention deficit disorder. In his great 1960s films, "L'Avventura," "La Notte," "Eclipse" and "Red Desert," but especially in "L'Avventura," his masterpiece, it wasn't diagnosed as a chemical imbalance, but as a communicable social disease. Stephen Holden reports.