'My Time With Antonioni' is a diary-essay recording Wim Wenders co-direction of 'Beyond the Clouds' with a post-illness Michaelangelo Antonioni- director of such greats as 'L'Aventura','Blow Up' & 'Zabriskie Point' (the latter's denoument excuses the preceding mess). Wenders had just wrapped up his minor-masterpiece 'The Lisbon Story' & was between post-production & something else when the option of aiding a debilitated auteur came up. The ensueing pages have put me off ever going into the world of film- there is that sense evoked in Wender's 'On Film' that populist-marketing has taken over cinema-chain cinemas & 'Star Wars' are killing 'films' (how did 'Until the end of the world' get produced?). Ironic 'City of Angels' has probably played to a wider audience than 'Wings of Desire'. So, there is the problematic realm of the arthouse movie- now being marketed towards the elite (have you seen the prices of carrot cake and/or arthouse videos?). The second nightmare is Antonioni- who speaks a different language to Wenders in more ways than one. Plus I feel he is over-rated compared to Bergman, Godard or Visconti (to name but a few). The production is as frustrating to read as it must have been for Wenders- lots of mind games...So, this is a rather interesting book for those who did either of the auteurs and who liked 'Beyond the Clouds'. Which I thought was mostly terrible- the vast on-screen nudity was very sad old man rather than erotic & John Malkovich was his usual irritating self. 'Night on Earth' does this thing much better! ...I don't think this book is on the same level as Lillian Ross's seminal 'Film'- but it is a great insight into the life of an auteur & a good companion to the collection of Wenders writings 'On Film'.