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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. But during the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

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Dominique Blanchar ...
Giulia
Renzo Ricci ...
Anna's Father
James Addams ...
Corrado
Dorothy De Poliolo ...
Gloria Perkins
Lelio Luttazzi ...
Raimondo
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Prince Goffredo
Esmeralda Ruspoli ...
Patrizia
Jack O'Connell ...
Old man on the island
Angela Tommasi Di Lampedusa ...
The Princess
Franco Cimino
Prof. Cucco ...
Ettore
Giovanni Danesi
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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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Despite its critical mauling at its first showing at the Cannes Film Festival, two years later "L'Avventura" was declared by Sight and Sound as the second best film of all time, right behind "Citizen Kane" (1941). See more »

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Sandro: Did you know that when I was a boy I wanted to be a diplomat? Can you imagine that! Me, a diplomat? It's strange but I never thought I'd be rich. I saw myself living in a rooming house, full of geniuses... Instead, I have two apartments, one in Rome and one in Milan. As far as genius goes, it's a habit I've never formed. What do you think of that?
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The "Adventure" of Existence
17 April 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Just looking over the other comments on this page gives an indication of how rich yet elusive this masterpiece of Antonioni is. The seemingly limitless number of interpretations and reactions the film elicits are testimony to its success in conveying its theme. For Antonioni, life is an "adventure" a quest for identity and meaning.

It is no accident that the initial group of characters seem to forget all about their friend who suddenly vanishes on a barren volcanic island. The unexpected absence seems to open a void of speculation, which the balance of the film proceeds to explore.

It should always be remembered that the VISUAL aspect in Antonioni is as important as the verbal; and, often, it is more important. The characters continuously gaze at a landscape, run their hands along a rock or some other surface as if trying to see or feel what is under the veneer. There is something almost Eastern in Antonioni's aesthetic. His films seem to view the material world as an enormous surface illusion. People, the director has said, have lost touch with their true origin, as part of the natural world. Large cities and technology have cut us off, and isolated us from nature. The modern individual is constantly in search of a primal connection. This explains the preoccupation with sex in some characters, something Antonioni calls "serial monogamy". Since sexuality, as Huxley has said, is the only remaining link to the mystery of life, humans turn more and more to it as their world achieves greater sophistication and technological advancement.

Were Antonioni not an artist, such speculations could be either dull or off-putting. But through a poetic use of image and spare dialogue, he creates a world of strangely compelling and sympathetic characters. The viewer is compelled along with them on their "avventura".

In addition, this film makes beautiful case for black and white cinematography.




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