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L' Avventura / The Adventure

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.93 /10
Sandro ............. Gabriele Ferzetti, Claudia ............ Monica Vitti, Anna ............... Lea Massari
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Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
Written by: Michelangelo Antonioni, Elo Bartolini, Tonino Guerra, from story by Michelangelo Antonioni

Released: 1960
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Italy/ France
Length: 145

A woman (Lea Mattari) disappears on a Mediterranean cruise, and is searched by her lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, pictured), who in turn become lovers.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The film most often hailed as Antonioni's masterpiece is incredibly slow and contemptuous of narrative development: we never do find out what happened to the missing woman. He uses his thrillerish set-up to examine the angst, non-communication and joyless sexuality of his central couple, which he explores mainly in visual terms.

Many critics found - or said they found - the resulting film rewarding. It received the special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, even though (or because?) it had been booed and hissed at its first screening. It later received a much coveted "condemned" rating from America's National League of Decency. Over 30 years later, its studied coldness and artiness are merely tiresome; increasingly, it looks like an exercise in style and minimalism, with nothing significant to say.

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