Cover image for L'avventura
Antonioni, Michelangelo.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : The Criterion Collection, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (143 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus disc.
Story about the search for a girl lost on an island; gradually the searchers become preoccupied with their own problems, and the girl is never found.
General Note:
RSDL dual-layer ed.; Widescreen version.

Videodisc release of the 1960 motion picture.

Special features: audio commentary by Gene Youngblood; Antonioni: documents and testimonials, a 58-minute documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi; writings by Antonioni, read by Jack Nicholson - plus Nicholson's personal recollections of the director; reprint of Antonioni's statements about "L'avventura", circulated after the film's premiere at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival; original theatrical trailer; restoration demonstration.

For specific features see interactive menu.
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Central Library DVD 2992 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
Audubon Library DVD 2992 Adult DVD Foreign Language

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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 behavior toward her. As they search the island, however, Claudia and Sandro grow closer and -- when it is apparent that Anna is gone forever -- become lovers. Unfortunately, Sandro cannot find anything decent inside himself and betrays Claudia with a local prostitute. Caught in the act, Sandro has a heartrending breakdown on a desolate beach, but Claudia silently forgives him. L'avventura caught many audiences who were expecting a mystery by surprise; as in La notte (1961), The Eclipse (1962), and Red Desert (1964), Antonioni is interested less in developing a logical story than in exploring states of feeling and breakdowns in human connection. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

The first of his "alienation trilogy"-succeeded by Le notte (LJ 3/15/14) and L'eclisse (LJ 8/14)-Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark Cannes Film Festivalwinner upended established film grammar with its unconventional narrative. A woman goes missing on the island stopover of a yachting jaunt, leading to a futile search and eventual romance between her lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and gal pal (Monica Vitti). Thwarting expectations, the focus shifts to their relationship, not the disappearance. For more serious "art film" fans. [See Trailers, LJ 10/1/14.] (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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