Islands of the Mediterranean -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Italy -- Drama, MIssing persons -- Italy -- Drama, Rich people -- Italy -- Drama


(The Adventure)

Imported Print


Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar,

While exploring a volcanic island on a yachting expedition, a troubled young woman named Anna disappears, leaving her lover Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and close friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) to search in vain, and fall in love. L’avventura unfolds against Anna’s very palpable absence, a love story in a void. As always, landscape is the screen onto which Antonioni projects human emotions. Anna’s pain is articulated in the parched suburb from which she came, and in the rocky island on which her cohorts wander, not realizing it is they who are lost. (Anna may have escaped.) Stunning love scenes prepare us for those in The Passenger fifteen years later: love as a standoff, a sizing-up as in a bullfight, played out-of-doors. L’avventura is rich in Antonioni’s visual architecture, wicked humor, and, finally, youth: a shot of Vitti, hair blowing in the wind while village bells answer one another, may be unmatched in these films for its spirit of hope.

Judy Bloch
  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Elio Bartolini
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Aldo Scavarda
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 140 mins
  • Cinecittà
  • Janus Films

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Michelangelo Antonioni: interiores burgueses con figura (program), Institut Valencià de l'Audiovisual i de Cinematografia Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Domènec Font, 2010

L'avventura (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2004

DVD: L'avventura (review), Variety, Robert Koehler, 2001

L'avventura (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Michelangelo Antonioni: modernist master (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Modernist master: Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1993

'Dear Antonioni...' : the complete works of Michelangelo Antonioni (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kathleen Murphy, 1992

L'avventura (The adventure) (program note), Lincoln Center Festival, 1992

l'Avventura (distributor materials), Janus Film, 1973

Antonioni (monograph), Motion Monograph, Philip Strick, 1963

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