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


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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renzo Ricci ...
James Addams ...
Dorothy De Poliolo ...
Gloria Perkins
Lelio Luttazzi ...
Giovanni Petrucci ...
Prince Goffredo
Esmeralda Ruspoli ...
Enrico Bologna
Jack O'Connell ...
Old man on the island
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...


Drama | Mystery


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Michelangelo Antonioni set out to make a film on the instability of emotions and described his film as a detective story back to front. 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?
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Money Programme (1972) See more »


Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
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Innovative study on alienation
1 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

L'Avventura (1960)****

Young woman (Lea Massari) suddenly disappears during a boating trip on an inhabited island. Shortly afterward, her boyfriend (Gabriele Ferzetti) and her best friend (Monica Vitti) became attracted to each other.

However, don't expect the mystery. This is a study of emotional isolation, moral decay, lack of the communication and emptiness of rich people in contemporary (then) society. You can easily be bored by the slow pace and the lack of dramatics of this movie unless you capture its true purpose. This is "state of mind" or experience film rather than conventional plot film. Antonioni practically discovered the new movie language in L'Avventura. By using formal instruments he is expressing emotions of the characters (loneliness, boredom, emptiness and emotional detachment) and the viewer is forced rather to feel this same emotions himself than to be involved in the story and its events. These formal instruments are: slow rhythm, real-time events, long takes, visual metaphors like inhabited island(s), fog, extreme long shots (small characters in panorama) and putting protagonists on inhabited streets or large buildings and landscapes.

Great cinematography. Forms trilogy with La Notte (1961) and L'Eclisse (1962).

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