L'Avventura (The Adventure) (1960)
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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
Jun 29, 1960 Wide
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium
Carelessness - physical, emotional, intellectual and relational - is something of a virus in the film.
[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.
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.
a bleak, even blank, portrait of humanity failing to find again the values it has so carelessly allowed itself to lose.
Objectively, this is an important film -- maybe even close to a great film.
It's a slow paced personal film that welcomes tedium as readily as mainstream films welcome action.
One of Antonioni's finest films, and a landmark in the devlopment of cinematic narrative.
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.
A beguiling mystery that not only refuses any answers, but makes you guess repeatedly at what the question really is.
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.
Audience Reviews for L'Avventura (The Adventure)
- Claudia: Tell me you love me.
- Sandro: I love you.
- Claudia: Tell me you don't love me
- Sandro: I don't love you
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