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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Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Sandro
Monica Vitti ... Claudia
Lea Massari ... Anna
Dominique Blanchar ... Giulia
Renzo Ricci ... Il padre di Anna
James Addams James Addams ... Corrado
Dorothy De Poliolo Dorothy De Poliolo ... Gloria Perkins
Lelio Luttazzi Lelio Luttazzi ... Raimondo
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Il principe Goffredo
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Patrizia
Enrico Bologna Enrico Bologna
Franco Cimino Franco Cimino
Giovanni Danesi Giovanni Danesi ... Il fotofrafo
Rita Molè Rita Molè
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Zuria - il giornalista
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Storyline

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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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At its premiere at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, this was booed so much to the extent that Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti fled the theater. However, after the second screening there was a complete turn around in how it was perceived and it was awarded the Special Jury Prize, going on to become a landmark of European cinema. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Claudia wakes up and looks at her watch which shows a few minutes before 4:00 AM. She gets out of bed and walks around the room, before a clock chimes three times. It appears Claudia never reset her watch for the time change after leaving the Greek islands and travelling to Italy. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: To think that you must have told Anna these same things - I don't know, how many times.
Sandro: Let's say I did. I was as earnest with her as I am now with you.
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Referenced in Zeroville (2019) See more »

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Mai
(uncredited)
Written by Silvana Simoni (as Simoni), Aldo Locatelli (as Locatelli), Arturo Casadei (as Casadei), and Aldo Valleroni (as Valleroni)
Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
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A masterpiece
26 September 2004 | by fandango1See 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.


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Language:

Italian | English | Greek

Release Date:

4 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Avventura See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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