L'Avventura (The Adventure)
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This ground-breaking film won a Special Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and established its director, Michelangelo Antonioni, as a major international talent. The plot concerns a yachting trip by a small group of jaded socialites, including Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti), an aging architect who sold out for easy money long ago, his mistress Anna (Lea Massari), and her friend Claudia (Monica Vitti), who doesn't fit in with the wealthy jet-setters' dissolute ethics. When Anna disappears during a tour of a volcanic island, Claudia initially blames Sandro's emotionally barren… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"It's easy to bash Antonioni as passe. It's harder, I think, to explain the cinematic power of the way his camera watches, and waits, while the people on screen stave off a dreadful loneliness."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The first ten minutes make it clear that this is the work of a discerning, troubled, uniquely gifted artist who speaks to us through the refined center of his art."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Always fusing neo-realism with science-fiction, Antonioni's world is one of superficies and emotions hardening into titanium"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"If you've ever hoped for the fusion between classic visual art and film, the last scene of L'Avventura is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever get the pleasure to lay on your eyes."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"It's a slow paced personal film that welcomes tedium as readily as mainstream films welcome action."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film."
‑ Zachary Wigon, L.A. Weekly
"It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Carelessness - physical, emotional, intellectual and relational - is something of a virus in the film."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"a bleak, even blank, portrait of humanity failing to find again the values it has so carelessly allowed itself to lose."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"One of Antonioni's finest films, and a landmark in the devlopment of cinematic narrative."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A graduate of Screenwriting 1-2 might dismiss this method as casualness or even carelessness, but every shot and bit of business in L'Avventura represents calculation of the highest order."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Village Voice
"If it once seemed the ultimate in arty, intellectually chic movie-making, the film now looks all too studied and remote a portrait of emotional sterility."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "L'avventura" is a haunting film that presages Fellini's post-modern cinema, and informs the French New Wave that gave way to such iconic auteurs as Jean Luc Goddard."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Objectively, this is an important film -- maybe even close to a great film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the key works in film history."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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