Saturday, October 7

L'Avventura - Michelangelo Antonioni (1960)

Wikipedia - "L'Avventura (English: The Adventure) is a 1960 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. Developed from a story by Antonioni, the film is about a young woman's disappearance during a boating trip in the Mediterranean. Her lover and her best friend, during the subsequent search for her, become attracted to each other. The film is noted for its careful pacing, which puts a focus on visual composition and character development, as well as for its unusual narrative structure. According to an Antonioni obituary, the film 'systematically subverted the filmic codes, practices and structures in currency at its time.' Filmed on location in Rome, the Aeolian Islands, and Sicily in 1959 under difficult financial and physical conditions, L'Avventura made Monica Vitti an international star. ... L'Avventura influenced the visual language of cinema, changing how subsequent films looked, and has been named by some critics as one of the best ever made. However, it has been criticized by others for its seemingly uneventful plot and slow pacing, along with the existentialist themes. Youngblood has stated that 'very few films in the history of cinema have broken the standard rules of cinematic grammar so elegantly, so subtly, as this film.' Jonathan Rosenbaum has called it a masterpiece. ..."
NY Times - 'L'Avventura':Film by Michelangelo Antonioni Opens (April 5, 1961)
Roger Ebert
MUBI: L'Avventura (Video)
YouTube: Three Reasons: L'avventura, DEAR ANTONIONI... : from a letter by Roland Barthes (1997)

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