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Criterion Collection: L'Avventura [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gabriele Ferzetti , Monica Vitti , Michelangelo Antonioni    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar, Renzo Ricci
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Amato Pennasilico
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BHW6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,720 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



L'Avventura has still held up remarkably well, perhaps because the creepiness of existence remains topical in these apathetic times

Why don't we have movies like L'Avventura' anymore? Because we don't ask the same kinds of questions anymore. We have replaced the 'purpose of life' with the 'choice of lifestyle' --Chicago Sun-Times

In May 1960, Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura was the sensation of the Cannes film festival --The Guardian, UK

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Criterion Release. 15 Oct 2006
L'Avventura 1960

Superb Criterion Release.

L'Avventura was directed in 1960 by what many would regard now as one of the truly great directors of all time, Michelangelo Antonioni. `L'Avventura' is now regarded as being the first part in a quadrilogy of films followed by `La Notte' (1961), E'clisse (1962) and `Red Desert' (1964) all dealing with the themes of modern alienation and the human condition. The feature that sets `L'Avventura apart from the other three films though is that `L'Avventura still has a strong masculine, if immature and spiritually impotent, character. Later films would concentrate on the female character to a far greater extant.

L'Avventura is essentially a road movie with an objective that is not important to the film, so I won't say anything about that. What is important is that Antonioni is writing a whole new cinematic language in his use of camera angle and position within a scene, actors being filmed from behind and characters entering a scene from what would appear to be the wrong direction. The scenes and composition on the island are perhaps some of the best I've ever watched. Antonioni also uses architecture as a metaphor in many scenes and would be explored to a greater extent in his next two films `La Notte' and `E'clisse'. Saying that though, there are some Hitchcockian clichés in `L'Avventura' such as the train entering the tunnel as a metaphor for intercourse. It can sometimes be difficult for a younger audience to understand why `L'Avventura' is so important because so many of these ideas seem familiar to us now, but nothing was made like this before it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
L'Avventura is a mesmerizing and perplexing film about a short boating holiday that is interrupted when a young woman mysteriously vanishes on an empty island, forcing her lover and her best friend to search for her. A film about the dreadful carelessness that can arise where materialism and vanity are valued above human and spiritual contact. Or whatever...

Antonioni creates some absolutely beautiful shots and there is dramatic interest in the sexual tension between Claudia and Sandro as they search hopelessly for the missing Anna. At times I was reminded of Bergman, but what I like about this director is the way everything seems naturalistic and plausible, even to the extent that plot is rather slender, so if you're looking for a series of explosions and reversals, or a thrilling climax, look elsewhere.

The women and men are all rather chic, the scenes of intimacy more pleasing for being restrained, the feeling of disquiet likely to hold you captive even as you begin to doubt whether anything is going to happen. Still, clever and then original photography, impulsive characters whose behaviour perplexes as much as it fascinates, and the space and time to be thought provoking without being didactic.

Just think, if it had been a British production, it would have been a disaster, or a tasteles thriller, maybe like this one - Donkey Punch [DVD] [2008] - Gawd 'elp us!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L'Avventura 12 May 2009
By technoguy VINE VOICE
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The first in a trilogy of films about couples in a crisis, L'Avventura takes place in an Italy enjoying an economic boom. The couple in L'Avventura is made up of Monica Vitti and Gabrielle Ferzetti. Sandro (Ferzetti) is an architect ,an intellectual, as in all three films, with the story of the same couple almost. An event, the loss of Sandro's mistress(Anna),while out on islands of Aeolia,north of Sicily, precedes the coming together of Claudia (Vitti) and Sandro as new lovers. The sense of alienation and existentialist absurdity are captured by the framing of the scenes and the sense of drawn out time, and the way black and white contrasts play out over a range of greys. Feelings of love that have been around for thousands of years do not find easy accommodation in a consumerist world. The ancient vase that is found becomes broken, old fine buildings are made into a police station. All the characters look a bit lost, with the loss of middle class values. People do not relate easily to each other nor live their love affairs. Beyond the narrative, the framing captures the visual poetry of loss, the way empty spaces emerge through his compositions, the way he places actors in disharmony with their environments. His camera probes the trace of the loss on the couple's actions, within an in-between space,where things, people, close to emptiness, are about to change or events are about to turn, in this void or absence. Moving from frame to frame brings out a sense of uneasy vigilance and instability in the audience, viewing a world where feelings are adrift, where something(not nothing) is always happening on screen. His major innovation is a way of looking at things in the world. Read more ›
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Key work from Michelangelo Antonioni. 28 Nov 2002
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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1959's L'aventura was the film that moved Antonioni into the international realm of directors- it is far more diverting and perplexing than the later, somewhat over-rated Blow Up (1966). The story, as such, is not unlike Peter Weir's later Picnic at Hanging Rock- though there is just one disappearance here. The plot is fairly simple- people are on a cruise of the Mediterranean, Sandro and lover Anna are on it with her friend Claudia- on an island Anna vanishes, never to be found and Claudia replaces Anna as Sandro's lover.
This is a very strange film, with interesting/oblique compositions courtesy of photographer Aldo Scarvarda; L'aventura along with The Red Desert are Antonioni's finest works (later films like Blow Up & Zabriskie Point have moments and are visually stunning, but as a whole leave me cold)- and it ranks next to another oblique film of this period, Alain Resnais's L'Annee derniere a Marienbad (1961)- which is equally fantastic and a presient for modern films like Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive & Open Your Eyes. Antonioni and L'aventura may not to be your taste, but it still demands to be seen by those with an interest in cinema beyond mere entertainment...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film by the master Antonioni
One of my all-time favourite films, OK it's in b/w but the story is engrossing and the mystery never solved. Read more
Published 8 days ago by H. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitti shines,,,
She is a true star of the Italian classic cinema. Monica Vitti and the films she made with the great Antonioni are all on my shelf however this one and L'eclisse are on my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sunrisespacelab
4.0 out of 5 stars dIFFERENT
Published 9 months ago by Graham Stenner
4.0 out of 5 stars Korean Half-Criterion Release
Although the cover looks like American Criterion release, if you look closer, you'll see Korean characters on it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by lewantynczyk
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE CRITERION RELEASE
The reviews posted here - bar one - are either just for the film or specifically for the Criterion release of the film.
Published 23 months ago by Creative
5.0 out of 5 stars A different type of adventure
In 'L'Avventura' lots happens but you keep asking yourself what relation all this has to the original story line to which we are introduced at the start. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Xenophon
This Film is just beautiful, there are not enough words to describe how great it is. It came nicely packaged and plays perfectly. It was delivered within 2 days. I am very happy.
Published 23 months ago by fashstudent
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy for the money
If you are in Europe (region 2) and you want to watch the superb Criterion release of l'Avventura there is no other choice left... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Alessandro D'Ovidio
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure this is not pirated?
How can this release be all-region when there is a Criterion release in Zone 1? - the cover seems to be a copy too.
Published on 11 April 2011 by Thomas Dillon
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, beautiful, thought-provoking, but missed something - on...
A film I need to see again, and wouldn't be surprised to love more on repeated viewings. I appreciate Antonioni's magnificent framing and images, his bravery with unconventional... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by K. Gordon
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