L’Avventura (1960)

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Cinematographer: Aldo Scavarda
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Helping to signal both the definitive demise of neo-realism and the arrival of new art cinema, L’Avventura was developed from a story by Antonioni about a young woman’s disappearance during a boating trip in the Mediterranean. During the subsequent search for her an attraction grows between her lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and her best friend (Monica Vitti). Shot entirely on location and beset by constant logistical and financial problems, the film was greeted with catcalls from sections of the audience at Cannes, but was passionately defended by a handful of critics and, with its innovative aesthetics, has gone on to be seen as one of the most influential films ever made. The appeal of the film was also enhanced, no doubt, by the dazzling performance of the then unknown Vitti.

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  • Gabriele Ferzetti as Sandro
  • Monica Vitti as Claudia. Giving a screen presence which has been described as “stunning”, she is also credited with helping Antonioni raise money for the production and sticking with him through daunting location shooting. L’avventura made Vitti an international star and her image later appeared on an Italian postage stamp commemorating the film.
  • Lea Massari as Anna
  • Dominique Blanchar as Giulia
  • Renzo Ricci as Anna’s Father
  • James Addams as Corrado
  • Dorothy de Poliolo as Gloria Perkins
  • Lelio Luttazzi as Raimondo
  • Giovanni Petrucci as Prince Goffredo
  • Esmeralda Ruspoli as Patrizia
  • Jack O’Connell as Old Man on the Island
  • Angela Tomasi di Lampedusa as The Princess
  • Prof. Cucco as Ettore
  • Renato Pinciroli as Zuria, the journalist

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced by Amato Pennasilico
Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra
Music by Giovanni Fusco
Cinematography Aldo Scavarda
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Running time 143 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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