MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI | ITALY, FRANCE | 1960 | 144 MIN | NR | ITALIAN, FRENCH, GREEK
It’s now astonishing to read of harsh reactions to L’AVVENTURA’s debut at Cannes compared to its high standing in many all timer lists, including the much revered SIGHT & SOUND poll every decade. The film was ridiculed for its deliberate, languid pacing and focus on mood rather than its whodunnit plot. Viewed today it is indeed a beguiling film, like the secluded island of the first act, that channels an eerie, mysterious tone interrupted by the crashing waves of raw emotion. But slow, obtuse, or anything less than utterly captivating, it is not. A seemingly innocent trip to the volcanic Aeolian islands for a group of bougie friends results in the complete disappearance of Anna (Lea Massari) that leaves her lover Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) distraught. As the police get involved, the two work together in tandem as their own repressed feelings for each other emerge threatening to derail the entire investigation.
Cast: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar
Part of the Cannes I Get A Boo? limited series
Relive the thrill of Cannes’ legendary croisette over the years as we present our favorite film debuts and prize winners along the French Riviera that were initially met with jeers from the festival’s notoriously vocal audience.
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