L'Avventura (1960)

This exceptional Italian mystery offers potent comments upon life in the bourgeoisie class and upon the isolation sometimes suffered by people in love. The tale begins when a girl suddenly vanishes during a yachting trip. Her lover and her… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 29, 1960
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The adventure was not merely sexual, however, but a radical rethink of film language: the characters' motivations were left opaque and unexplained, and the story never quite resolves itself -- rather like life.

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Zachary Wigon
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Christopher Machell

L'Avventura eschews conventional narrative drive or sophomoric emotional satisfaction in favour of gorgeous compositions, inimitable style and an acerbic sensibility.

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

This is a world without design, where characters can no longer single-mindedly pursue goals and resolve problems.

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danny d
often considered by critics to be one of the 5 or so greatest films in italian cinema history, l'avventura definitely has its strengths, the greatest of… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Many films are called "classic." Very few advance and redefine the language of cinema. L'Avventura is such a film. What it showed was that films… More
Lanning : )
Yes, I know, I said I wouldn't watch this first installment of Antonioni's trilogy, but what the heck. If you've already seen two of the three,… More
Aj V
I saw this movie for a class, but I'd like to see it again, I don't remember it well.
Ken Stachnik
I'm not really sure what happened...but it sure was nice to look at.