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A girl mysteriously disappears on a yachting trip. While her lover and her best friend search for her across Italy, they begin an affair. Antonioni's penetrating study of the idle upper class offers stinging observations on spiritual isolation and the many meanings of love. Criterion is proud to present this milestone of film grammar in a new Special Edition double-disc set.
Considered by many to be his masterpiece, LAvventura positioned Michelangelo Antonioni as an international talent. What appears to be a search for a missing person is actually an examination of alienation and self-discovery found along a voyage through the morally decadent world of the idle rich. Less concerned with a smooth plotline, Antonioni tells his story through the use of symbolic images and flawless character development. Using 'real time camera shots and rich, landscape imagery, Michelangelo Antonioni creates an unpredictable world where nothing is ever resolved. Ironically, what makes LAvventura so unpredictable is the high level of realism portrayed by each character and their environments. This isnt your packaged, formulaic film with a happy ending. A tough one to watch but well worth it...and it gets better and better with repeat viewings. LAvventura is quintessential Antonioini. Not to be missed. --Rob Bracco
This is possibly the most beautiful yet boaring film in history. I could not stand this movie. The acting was so terrible and I had no interest in the characters whatsoever. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003 by Antonio Giusto
May 2002: I purchase Roger Ebert's book THE GREAT MOVIES. Order the dozen or so I haven't seen to get caught up (so to speak).
December 2002: "L'Avventura" arrives. Read more
This film is hailed as a masterpiece, and I agree the direction, cinematography, acting, and the concepts and ideas portrayed are very good, but the film moves at such a slow pace,... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2002 by Zev Bazarov
I had a moving experience once. I was riding on a train (actually, it may have been half way between F and S) and we were going through some low mountain/valley situation, and... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002 by Cold Bacon
"After finishing L'Avventura, I was forced to reflect on what the film meant." -director Michelangelo Antonioni. Read morePublished on June 5 2002
This is the Criterion Collection at their best, and director Michelangelo Antonioni at his best! This transfer is breathtaking it's so clean. Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by E. Dolnack