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

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

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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 »

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Sandro: [Admiring the buildings of a small town from a roof top] Such imagination. Such movement. They were concerned with the architectural aesthetics. Such extraordinary freedom. I must go ahead and leave Ettore. I'd like to work on design again. I used to have ideas of my own, you know.
Claudia: Why did you stop?
Sandro: Why, why, why? Because it isn't easy to admit that a red floor suits a room when you are thinking exactly the opposite. But the lady wants it red. Because there is always a lady... or a man... and so...
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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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