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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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Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Michelangelo Antonioni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Sandro
Monica Vitti ... Claudia
Lea Massari ... Anna
Dominique Blanchar ... Giulia
Renzo Ricci Renzo Ricci ... Anna's Father
James Addams James Addams ... Corrado
Dorothy De Poliolo Dorothy De Poliolo ... Gloria Perkins
Lelio Luttazzi Lelio Luttazzi ... Raimondo
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Prince Goffredo
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Patrizia
Enrico Bologna Enrico Bologna
Jack O'Connell Jack O'Connell ... Bit part
Franco Cimino Franco Cimino
Prof. Cucco Prof. Cucco ... Ettore
Giovanni Danesi Giovanni Danesi
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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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Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

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Italy | France

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Italian | English | Greek

Release Date:

4 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Avventura See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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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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Corrado: Giulia is like Oscar Wilde. Give her all the luxuries and she will manage without the little necessities.
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A fine series of tableaux, but not a great film.
12 November 2002 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

Antonioni's "L'Avventura" is a most curious creation... It may be because this is the first film of the director's that I have seen, but I found it wilfully alienating and profuse in its indulgence.

This is first and foremost a cinematographer's film; absolutely astounding work here at times... there is an artist's eye to these canvases, such scope and depth to the pictures; it's quite beguiling. This is all said to be representative of Antonioni's vision of dislocated, isolated figures within a barren, icily arid Sicilian landscape.

The vision is soundly, perhaps too laboriously executed. Everything moves at a stubbornly staid, slow pace; surely meant to be symbolic of the odd, inert existences of the main characters. Inertia is excellently evoked; as is the emptiness of Ferzetti's character's emotions. Monica Vitti has an incredible screen presence, yet too much of her character is just built around playing at being enigmatic. Antonioni's camera revels in capturing this classical beauty in her languorous glory.

Yet it is the film's studied languor that really does alienate. The first 45-60 minutes, with the central enigma posed, leave one expecting something more special in the remainder. A hope that is not fulfilled, as the affair between Ferzetti and Vitti is padded out to its extremes. It's just not so interesting and involving a film once the action shifts away from the island. Everything is lingered on for perhaps inordinate lengths of time. Of course, the photography bewitches, but the actual dramatic matter of the film begins to grate a little after a while.

There is an excellent usage of subtle, background sounds to create a naturalistic, slightly unnerving effect, particularly in the island scenes, which form the most compelling part of the film. Also, the use of extras and bystanders, particularly late on, in the party scenes, is fantastic. Very subtle glances and body language from these extras help give a sense of odd scale about things. Adds a little more ambiguity as well.

There is little dialogue actually in this 145 minute film, and really the lines that do occur are not always that important; it is a film that rests on its photogenic lead performers and the intimidating tableaux of the photography. I did not really enjoy this film as an experience overall; it disappoints, perhaps because of its comparatively narrow focus, and the way things are stretched out needlessly. So, a film to be admired, and credited with a valid "vision", but not one to be loved.

Rating:- *** 1/2/*****


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