Up 684 this week

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

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  4 March 1961 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 16,328 users  
Reviews: 93 user | 94 critic

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.


(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Nov 2012
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
a list of 36 titles
created 13 Mar 2014
a list of 26 titles
created 19 Sep 2014

Related Items

Search for "L'Avventura" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: L'Avventura (1960)

L'Avventura (1960) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of L'Avventura.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

La Notte (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti
L'Eclisse (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal
Red Desert (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Cold, rain, and fog surround a plant in Ravenna. Factory waste pollutes local lakes; hulking anonymous ships pass or dock and raise quarantine flags. Guiliana, a housewife married to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti
Blow-Up (1966)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mod London photographer seems to find something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Paul Fix
The Passenger (1975)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée
Breathless (1960)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In a strange chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff
Jules and Jim (1962)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Il Grido (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stars: Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Betsy Blair
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A new adventure in filmmaking...


Drama | Mystery


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

4 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'Avventura  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


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?
See more »


Referenced in A Letter to Elia (2010) See more »


Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A masterpiece
26 September 2004 | by (Rome, Italy) – See all my reviews

A real masterpiece! Antonioni at his best! He is able to capture in a unique visual style the tragedy that surrounds people and their inability to communicate. And yet they are always longing for comfort, love and forgiveness.

It starts as a mystery but it later goes in search of deep human feelings. The scenes are so rich you'd be surprised to be completely mesmerized and lost in his world.

Slow pacing, of course. But what can you expect when you are watching a movie that look like a moving painting of two hours. You simply have adjust yourself to the interior beat of this brilliant movie which opened a decade of successes in Italian cinema history.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
L'Avventura or La Dolce Vita character0
song at beginning? nosnij
A Little Homage to Hitchcock's Vertigo? Vertigomovie
Why did Sandro spill the ink on the architect's copy? Goldmund1710
Poor taste...? SaguaroD
L' Avventura, La Notte or L' Elisse? Which one is better? Alexander101
Discuss L'Avventura (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: