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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. (Criterion)


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English One of the best examples of Italian arthouse cinema of the 1960s, where filmmakers attempted to outline the problematic relationships and love mood of the social elite of the time. Antonioni slowly and methodically presents us with a simple story about a love triangle, which he spices up with a mysterious plot, while his ambiguous narrative language forces us to think about the seen and the suspected, the spoken and the silenced, the purely subjective and the mysteriously irrational, just like in his later Blow-up. To some it may logically seem like a wannabe artistic fable aimed at awards at independent film festivals, but I was able to immerse myself in the story and ignore its emotional austerity and shallow romantic cloyingness. 75% ()


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English It has a good plot at the beginning, where the pace is still tolerable, but what happens to the film afterward is simply less interesting than what it could have been. Michelangelo Antonioni is incredibly drawn-out in this work, and even though the pace is slow, it tends to stroke rather than bore. Unfortunately, even that didn't prevent the film from failing to resonate with me more. ()


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