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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A new adventure in filmmaking...


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4 March 1961 (USA)  »

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During filming, actress Lea Massari had a heart attack that put her in a coma for two days. 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 »


Sandro: Why should we be here talking, arguing? Believe me Anna, words are becoming less and less necessary; they create misunderstandings.
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Referenced in Allemaal film: Tussen kunst en kassa (2007) See more »


Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
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One of the truly great works of cinema
12 June 1999 | by (Oklahoma City, OK) – See all my reviews

"L'avventura"--"The Adventure", an adventure into the void of the modern world.

Antonioni's first international success is a subtle masterpiece focusing on the disappearance of an unhappy woman on an island and her friends' subsequent search. This is one of my favorite films of all-time. The composition and camerawork is aesthetically perfect; every frame is beautiful. The film's subtle psychological exploration is masterful, dealing with isolation and the protagonist's passive lifestyle forced to change under new circumstances. The sparse score perfectly fits the mysterious tone of the picture. Monica Vitti is nothing short of magnificent in the lead role. Constricting and excess plot details have been cut away, and the pace is slowed to allow the viewer to take in the wonderful images and actually think about the meanings and ideas contained within them. For viewers seeking serious, artful, intelligent, subtle, visually-stunning 'pure' cinema, this is the epitome.

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