Rent L'Avventura (1960)

3.7 of 5 from 109 ratings
2h 23min
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Synopsis:
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 during a tour of a volcanic island, Claudia initially blames Sandro's emotionally barren behavior toward her. As they search the island, however, Claudia and Sandro grow closer and - when it is apparent that Anna is gone forever - become lovers. Unfortunately, Sandro cannot find anything decent inside himself and betrays Claudia with a local prostitute.
Caught in the act, Sandro has a heartrending breakdown on a desolate beach, but Claudia silently forgives him.
Actors:
, , , , , James Addams, Dorothy De Poliolo, , , , , Angela Tommasi Di Lampedusa, Franco Cimino, Prof. Cucco, Giovanni Danesi, Rita Mole, , Enrico Bologna, Vincenzo Tranchina
Directors:
Producers:
Amato Pennasilico
Writers:
Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra
Aka:
The Adventure
Studio:
Mr Bongo Films
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1960 Cannes Jury Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
30/06/2008
Run Time:
143 minutes
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/05/2016
Run Time:
143 minutes
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary featuring film historian Gene Youngblood
  • Olivier Assoyas on "L'avventuro," an analysis of the film in three parts
  • Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials, a fifty-eight-minute documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi from 1966
  • Writings by director Michelangelo Antonioni, read by actor Jack Nicholson, plus Nicholson's personal recollections of the director
  • Trailer
  • An essay by critic Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Antonioni's statements about the film after its I960 Cannes Film i Festival premiere, and an open letter distributed at the festival

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Reviews (2) of L'Avventura

Difficult but Rewarding Classic. - L'Avventura review by Steve Mason

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18/12/2012

A remarkable and unusual looking film about a group of rich, intellectual and beautiful, but rootless and shallow young Italians who lose one of their party during a trip top an island. The film follows their increasingly desultory attempts to find he as they become lost in their own concerns.

Antonioni was no doubt a cerebral man with esoteric interests. But also a talented and original film maker.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Rather Too Long - L'Avventura review by Cato

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14/09/2018

I'd been looking forward to this film for a long time, but in the end I was rather disappointed in it. The start is very good, and for half an hour you think it's going to be a great film. The photography is superb, and the sea and the stones of the Aeolian Islands are wonderfully filmed. It's just that the cast in the main are rather lackadaisical and somehow uninteresting. Plus at 142 minutes it's far too long and you feel as though you couldn't care less about the rather boring people on show in the end.

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