L'Avventura (1960)
"L'avventura" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  4 March 1961 (USA)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Blanchar ...
Renzo Ricci ...
Anna's Father
James Addams ...
Dorothy De Poliolo ...
Gloria Perkins
Lelio Luttazzi ...
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Prince Goffredo
Esmeralda Ruspoli ...
Jack O'Connell ...
Old man on the island
Angela Tommasi Di Lampedusa ...
The Princess
Franco Cimino
Prof. Cucco ...
Giovanni Danesi


A group of rich Italians head out on a yachting trip to a deserted volcanic island in the Mediterranean. When they are about to leave the island, they find Anna, the main character up to this point, has gone missing. Sandro, Anna's boyfriend, and Claudia, Anna's friend, try without success to find her. While looking for the missing friend, Claudia and Sandro develop an attraction for each other. When they get back to land, they continue the search with no success. Sandro and Claudia proceed to become lovers, and all but forget about the missing Anna. Written by Dork <tkarapit@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca>

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4 March 1961 (USA)  »

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The boat which the main characters holiday on was seized by the owner for non-payment. This is why the boat appears to be bigger in some scenes as the replacement that Antonioni procured was actually a little larger. See more »


During the sequence in which Sandro and the newspaper reporter cross a street, the shadows of the camera and the crew are clearly and prolongedly visible on the actors and on the street surface. See more »


Corrado: Giulia is like Oscar Wilde. Give her all the luxuries and she will manage without the little necessities.
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Referenced in The Bourne Identity (2002) See more »


Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
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Beautiful, yes--but it all falls a bit flat
26 September 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I know, I know, I just didn't "get" it. That's always the line of apologists for movies that lie there like 3 day old fish. I don't fall for it myself.

The movie is great to look at, and there are some good performances and interesting sequences, but it doesn't add up to a good movie.

Problem numero uno--it's a movie about bored people which does not completely avoid the trap of being dull as a consequence.

Problem numero due--the people are conflicted and restless and troubled, but almost totally unable to convey their thoughts or feelings. This comes to have the effect of severing the viewer's interest in said people. Claudia remains the most interesting because she is really the only person who seems alive and responsive to the moment, but she is not enough to make the movie a good one.

Problem numero tre--there is no there there. Every positive review I have seen of this film involves the reviewer bringing most of the refreshments to the party, then saying it is a great celebration. It's nice to be delighted with one's own cleverness in "helping" a movie by filling in all the many missing elements, but that's no reason to tell other people it's a great movie. It is not all up there on the screen. I am not averse to bringing my participation to the movie experience, but I don't expect a movie to be like MadLibs in which I am expected to supply all the verbs.

So, a much anticipated "classic" that disappoints; that's my review.

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