Michelangelo Antonioni was an Italian director who worked mostly during the 1950s and '60s. He got his start with neorealist dramas but, over time, his films became more meditative and experimental, with a focus on atmosphere and poetic imagery. In particular, he was a master of landscape imagery and sweeping long takes. His innovative cinematography and editing pushed the boundaries of the medium and influenced many subsequent filmmakers, from Andrei Tarkovsky to Martin Scorsese. His crowning achievement was the loose trilogy comprising the films L'Avventura, La Notte, and L'Eclisse, all of which continue to be held in high regard.