Thieves snatch Antonioni Oscar

ROME (Reuters) – Burglars stole an Oscar and other awards belonging to Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni during Christmas, newspapers reported Saturday.

“I would like to make an appeal to the thieves: Give back to Michelangelo the history of his life,” the director’s wife, Enrica Fico, was quoted as telling the daily La Repubblica.

The newspaper said burglars broke into 84-year-old Antonioni’s Rome apartment while he was away during Christmas, stealing the Oscar he was awarded in 1995 for career achievement, as well as prizes won at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals.

Antonioni, perhaps best known for his 1967 film “Blow Up,” was on holiday in Venice at the time of the burglary.

He returned to work last year after a 14-year break when he co-directed “Beyond the Clouds” with German helmer Wim Wenders. The film was presented in a special non-competition slot at the Venice Film Festival.

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