The Adventure: A beautiful young woman mysteriously disappears on a boating trip in the Mediterranean. This causes a significant change in the relationship between her prospective husband and her best friend.
Antonioni’s carefully paced and beautifully orchestrated film is considered by many to be one of his greatest achievements in the medium. L’Avventura pushes the boundaries of filmic language. A times slow-paced, the film invites viewer contemplation and makes a strong commentary on moral decay and breakdown of communication in modern society, as well as a criticism of social circles among the upper classes and corruption – all encased in a beautiful, yet tragic love story.
Despite many financial and other troubles in production, extreme attention to detail is evident in every shot and every scene. Superb use of deep focus, slow rhythm and long takes, setting and mise-en-scene. Awarded the Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
The first of a trilogy of films by the director, the “trilogy on modernity and its discontents”, followed by La Notte (1961) and L’Eclisse (1962). Can be compared, in a sense, to Austrian master Michael Haneke‘s Glaciation Trilogy of films of the 1990’s.
L’Avventura Cast: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar