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L’avventura

Michelangelo Antonioni

 
L’avventura (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1960
  • 143 minutes
  • 1.77:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #98

Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.

Credits

DirectorMichelangelo Antonioni
ProducerAmato Pennasilico
ScreenplayMichelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini and Tonino Guerra
CinematographyAldo Scavarda
Production designPiero Poletto
MusicGiovanni Fusco
EditorEraldo Da Roma
Assistant directorJack O'Connell
Costume designAdriana Berselli
SoundClaudio Maielli
Production coordinatorAngelo Corso

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Gene Youngblood
  • Olivier Assayas on “L’avventura,” an analysis of the film in three parts
  • Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials, a fifty-eight-minute documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi from 1966
  • Writings by director Michelangelo Antonioni, read by actor Jack Nicholson, plus Nicholson’s personal recollections of the director
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Antonioni’s statements about the film after its 1960 Cannes Film Festival premiere, and an open letter distributed at the festival

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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L’avventura: A Present Absence

By Geoffrey Nowell-Smith December 01, 2014

Michelangelo Antonioni’s film signaled a seismic shift in cinema in 1960; all these years later, it still stuns and confounds. Read more »


Film Essays

L’avventura

By Gene Youngblood December 11, 1989

Many films are called “classic,” but few qualify as turning points in the evolution of cinematic language, films that opened the way to a more mature art form. Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’ . . . Read more »

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On the Channel: David Bordwell on the Restraint of L’avventura

February 27, 2017

The premiere screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura in 1960 was one of the most infamously divisive in Cannes Film Festival history. While Antonioni’s opaque characterizations and . . . Read more »


Behind the Scenes

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From the Antonioni Archives

September 29, 2016

Today, we’re celebrating iconic Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni on what would have been his 104th birthday. A pioneering force in European cinema in the sixties, Antonioni won . . . Read more »


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Announcements

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New UK Releases for May 2016

April 20, 2016

Hello to our friends across the pond! Below are the titles we’ll be releasing in the UK next month—including a 1960s countercultural sensation, a lovelorn noir, and a classic of Italian cinema. . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

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L’avventura: A Present Absence

By Geoffrey Nowell-Smith December 01, 2014

Michelangelo Antonioni’s film signaled a seismic shift in cinema in 1960; all these years later, it still stuns and confounds. Read more »


Features

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L’avventura: Cannes Statement

By Michelangelo Antonioni November 25, 2014

Director Michelangelo Antonioni made these famous remarks at the press conference following the May 1960 Cannes Film Festival premiere of L’avventura. They appear here in a translation published . . . Read more »


Three Reasons


Photo Galleries

Antonioni’s Face

June 11, 2014


Clippings


Photo Galleries


Video


On Five


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Clippings

After Antonioni

March 18, 2011

British author and film critic Chris Darke has written an engaging and insightful piece forSight & Sound in which he assesses the critical and artistic landscape surrounding Michelangelo . . . Read more »


Clippings

A Whole New Avventura

January 10, 2011

Stage-bound is not a term one is apt to associate with the minimalist, resolutely un-dialogue-driven movie worlds of Michelangelo Antonioni. But that hasn’t deterred Ivo van Hove (the artistic . . . Read more »


News

It’s Shower Time

April 02, 2010

This week, BFI Southbank launches a monthlong series in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the groundbreaking horror masterpiece Psycho. Yet this is no mere Hitchcock retrospective: the quirky . . . Read more »


Film Essays

L’avventura

By Gene Youngblood December 11, 1989

Many films are called “classic,” but few qualify as turning points in the evolution of cinematic language, films that opened the way to a more mature art form. Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’ . . . Read more »

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