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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 8 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 ... Il padre di Anna
James Addams James Addams ... Corrado
Dorothy De Poliolo Dorothy De Poliolo ... Gloria Perkins
Lelio Luttazzi Lelio Luttazzi ... Raimondo
Giovanni Petrucci Giovanni Petrucci ... Il principe Goffredo
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Patrizia
Enrico Bologna Enrico Bologna
Franco Cimino Franco Cimino
Giovanni Danesi Giovanni Danesi ... Il fotofrafo
Rita Molè Rita Molè
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Zuria - il giornalista
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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After it was initially met with derision, 35 critics rallied and published a defense which helped elevate the film's reputation. 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

Sandro: [Admiring the buildings of a small town from a roof top] Such imagination. Such movement. They were concerned with the architectural aesthetics. Such extraordinary freedom. I must go ahead and leave Ettore. I'd like to work on design again. I used to have ideas of my own, you know.
Claudia: Why did you stop?
Sandro: Why, why, why? Because it isn't easy to admit that a red floor suits a room when you are thinking exactly the opposite. But the lady wants it red. Because there is always a lady... or a man... and so...
[...]
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Connections

Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Mai
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Performed by Mina
[sung along to by Monica Vitti]
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"I Love You... I Hate You... I Feel Nothing"
25 January 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The circular story, the emphasis on isolation and futility, and the symbolic use of Sicilian landscape returned with greater strength in "L'Avventura," the first film in a free trilogy ("La Notte" and "L'Eclisse" followed) about restless, disillusioned unhappy women and sensitive, unreliable, soft men...

Some way into the movie and without a careful explanation, a central affluent character disappears without a trace from a yachting trip... Few of the group of socialites—wealthy, elegant, bored—come in sight bothered by what has occurred, and while the girl's neglectful sweetheart and her best friend (Monica Vitti) pair off in a search around a remote, uninhabited island, they embark on a spontaneous exciting intimacy…

The story is simple, but the greatness of the film, however, is in two parts... First, it analyzes the psychology of the two main characters in keen and penetrating yet doubtful tones... Second, unconcerned with the reasons for the girl's unexpected disappearance, Antonioni instead concentrates on the moral discomfort that drives forward their closest knowledge to betray her memory...


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