MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ARCHIVE
FILMOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILMS
CREDITS
Italy 1960 Color 35mm 145minutes
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra
Photography
Aldo Scavarda
Music
Giovanni Fusco
Cast
Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Gabriele Ferzetti, Dominique Blanchar

IMAGES

L'Avventura

L'Avventura

ABOUT THE FILM
L'Avventura
(The Adventure)


This was the film in which, after five features in 10 years, Antonioni's style achieved a maturiity that redefined our traditional views of cinematic time and space. Yet the plot is a simple one. Claudia, Anna (Claudia's wealthy girl friend) and Sandro (Anna's lover) go on a Mediterranean cruise, but Anna mysteriously disappers. Claudia and Sandro go in search of her and become lovers along thw way. Using a rather traditional story line, Antonioni's originality lies precisely in his de-emphasis of the dramatic potential of film plot. Fed up with the systematic arrangement of cinematic materials, Antonioni instead develops the problems, complications and resolutions through the psychological conflict that aries between well-defined figures and makes uses of the story's internal rhythms to tie the cinema to the truth rather than to logic. Outstanding, too, is his ability to portray modern neurotic, alienated, and guilt ridden characters.

Special Jury Prize, Cannes, 1960

The Hong Kong Arts Centre

RESOURCES
DVD: Amazon.com
DVD Review: Variety
DVD Review: SlantMagazine.com
VHS: Amazon.com 1 | 2


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"(This film is) neither a denunciation nor a sermon. It is a story told in images, and I hope people will be able to see in it not the birth of a delusory emotion but the method by which it is possible to delude oneself in one's feelings."
—On The Adventure



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