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L'Avventura (The Adventure)

L'Avventura (The Adventure) (1960)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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This ground-breaking film won a Special Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and established its director, Michelangelo Antonioni, as a major international talent. The plot concerns a yachting trip by a small group of jaded socialites, including Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti), an aging architect who sold out for easy money long ago, his mistress Anna (Lea Massari), and her friend Claudia (Monica Vitti), who doesn't fit in with the wealthy jet-setters' dissolute ethics. When Anna disappears

Jul 3, 2001

Janus Films

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It's easy to bash Antonioni as passe. It's harder, I think, to explain the cinematic power of the way his camera watches, and waits, while the people on screen stave off a dreadful loneliness.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A graduate of Screenwriting 1-2 might dismiss this method as casualness or even carelessness, but every shot and bit of business in L'Avventura represents calculation of the highest order.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The first ten minutes make it clear that this is the work of a discerning, troubled, uniquely gifted artist who speaks to us through the refined center of his art.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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If it once seemed the ultimate in arty, intellectually chic movie-making, the film now looks all too studied and remote a portrait of emotional sterility.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Carelessness - physical, emotional, intellectual and relational - is something of a virus in the film.

May 11, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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[VIDEO ESSAY] "L'avventura" is a haunting film that presages Fellini's post-modern cinema, and informs the French New Wave that gave way to such iconic auteurs as Jean Luc Goddard.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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If you've ever hoped for the fusion between classic visual art and film, the last scene of L'Avventura is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever get the pleasure to lay on your eyes.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

a bleak, even blank, portrait of humanity failing to find again the values it has so carelessly allowed itself to lose.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Objectively, this is an important film -- maybe even close to a great film.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a slow paced personal film that welcomes tedium as readily as mainstream films welcome action.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Antonioni's finest films, and a landmark in the devlopment of cinematic narrative.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the key works in film history.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

To date, this is the best Italian film I've seen.

April 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

L'avventura heralded a new attitude in film, and in that sense it's key. But it's the unique atmosphere for which we return to it.

June 7, 2004

A beguiling mystery that not only refuses any answers, but makes you guess repeatedly at what the question really is.

April 20, 2004
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An essential masterwork of the Italian cinema...

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

In many ways, an encounter with this film may be even stranger than in 1960, despite Antonioni's enormous influence on other filmmakers. It shows us how far the presentation and destabilising power of time and space can be pushed in feature-film cinema.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
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Audience Reviews for L'Avventura (The Adventure)

Michelangelo Antonioni: 1912-2007
July 31, 2007
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Many films are called "classic." Very few advance and redefine the language of cinema. L'Avventura is such a film. What it showed was that films do not have to be structured around major events, that very little drama can happen and a film can still be fascinating to its audience. It also showed -- and this was harder for audiences to grasp (and still is) -- that events in films do not have to be, in an obvious way, meaningful. L'Avventura presents its characters behaving according to motivations unclear to themselves as much as to the audience; they are sensitive to mood, to landscape, to things that happen, but they also behave in routine and conformist ways. None of them, except Claudia (who had, in her words, "a sensible childhood, without any money"), seems to have much consciousness of the lack of direction that afflicts them. They are, to use a word very fashionable at the time the film came out, alienated. But to say, as many critics did, that the film is "about" alienation is to miss the point. The film shows, it doesn't argue. It convinces by the sensitivity and accuracy of its observation, not by heavy signals to the audience to think this, that, or the other.

More than any other film L'Avventura seems to define the spirit of a time in cinema when anything seemed possible and there was no territory into which it could not venture. (The more I think about it, post-war Italian cinema may be my favorite "genre." It didn't succumb to any filmic conventions, and approached weighty subject matter with grace and elegance.) Above all what it seeks to capture is the world of fleeting emotion, feelings which are unstable and crystallize only momentarily in the camera's gaze. After L'Avventura, Antonioni did not look back. He made three further films with Monica Vitti --The Night (1961), Eclipse (1962), and Red Desert (1964) -- each time pushing further back the frontiers of what cinema could explore. It's hard to say which of these films is the best, but L'Avventura is the one that started Antonioni on his quest, and remains the one that most clearly represents the unique nature of his art.
March 23, 2011
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I saw this movie for a class, but I'd like to see it again, I don't remember it well.
November 22, 2010
ajv2688

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often considered by critics to be one of the 5 or so greatest films in italian cinema history, l'avventura definitely has its strengths, the greatest of which are its striking images. the locations and cinematography are some of the best ever put on film despite the picture quality being less than par for a film in this era. the actors also played their roles well. really all around the film delivers on an overall concept that is incredibly unique. initially i was disappointed in the anti climatic nature of the end of the film, but with time ive come to get over this as the film improves in my memory. monica vitti is always beautiful and antonioni might be my favorite italian director.
January 12, 2010
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    1. Claudia: Tell me you love me.
    2. Sandro: I love you.
    3. Claudia: Tell me you don't love me
    4. Sandro: I don't love you
    – Submitted by Koba L (23 months ago)
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