Caetano Veloso – Michelangelo Antonioni

*(unfortunately not available on Spotify, a short version is used here with Lorenzo Mattotti’s drawings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9mW4VMhBqc)

Caetano Veloso

Caetano is probably the most famous brazilian songwriters, i couldn’t write enough about him. Nine latin Grammys, two Grammys, composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. And definitely a poet. Classic and contemporary, he kept publishing albums from 1967, more than fifty so far, besides writing soundtracks. To have a glimpse of his talent, watch his performance (singing in spanish, a classic mexican song) in Pedro Almodóvar’s movie “Hable con ella”.

Michelangelo Antonioni is the name of the famous italian movie director, a friend of his, who actor Peter Weller once defined as “the first guy who really started making films about the reality of the vacuity between people, the difficulty in traversing this space between lovers in modern day”. The song was featured on 2001 album “Noites do Norte” and then used in the soundtrack of Antonioni directed episode in movie Eros (filmed with Soderbergh and Wong-Kar-Wai) in 2004.
A few lines in italian, images as if it was an Antonioni’s movie. Disconnected, enigmatic, dreamlike, without answers.

“Michelangelo Antonioni”

Visione del silenzio
Angolo vuoto
Pagina senza parole
Una lettera scritta sopra un viso
Di pietra e vapore
Amore
Inutile finestra

“Michelangelo Antonioni”

Vision of silence
Empty corner
Page without words
A letter written upon a face
Of stone and steam
Love
Useless window

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