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L'Avventura (1960)

L'avventura (original title)
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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 7 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 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 ... Old man on the island
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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A new adventure in filmmaking...

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English | Greek

Release Date:

14 December 1961 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Avventura See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite its critical mauling at its first showing at the Cannes Film Festival, two years later "L'Avventura" was declared by Sight and Sound as the second best film of all time, right behind Citizen Kane (1941). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Corrado: Giulia is like Oscar Wilde. Give her all the luxuries and she will manage without the little necessities.
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Connections

Referenced in Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Mai
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Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
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One of the truly great works of cinema
12 June 1999 | by OpioSee all my reviews

"L'avventura"--"The Adventure", an adventure into the void of the modern world.

Antonioni's first international success is a subtle masterpiece focusing on the disappearance of an unhappy woman on an island and her friends' subsequent search. This is one of my favorite films of all-time. The composition and camerawork is aesthetically perfect; every frame is beautiful. The film's subtle psychological exploration is masterful, dealing with isolation and the protagonist's passive lifestyle forced to change under new circumstances. The sparse score perfectly fits the mysterious tone of the picture. Monica Vitti is nothing short of magnificent in the lead role. Constricting and excess plot details have been cut away, and the pace is slowed to allow the viewer to take in the wonderful images and actually think about the meanings and ideas contained within them. For viewers seeking serious, artful, intelligent, subtle, visually-stunning 'pure' cinema, this is the epitome.


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