Gabriele Ferzetti
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Cast: Gabriele Ferzetti
Gabriele Ferzetti
, Monica Vitti
Monica Vitti
, Lea Massari
Lea Massari
Michelangelo Antonioni

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2014
UPC: 0715515123716
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 2:23:00
Sales rank: 17,096

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriele Ferzetti Sandro
Monica Vitti Claudia
Lea Massari Anna
Dominique Blanchar Giulia
Renzo Ricci Anna's Father
Dorothy de Poliolo Gloria Perkins
James Addams Corrado
Lelio Luttazzi Raimondo
Giovanni Petrucci Young Prince
Esmeralda Ruspoli Patrizia
Renato Pinciroli Actor

Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director,Screenwriter
Gianni Arduini Asst. Director
Elio Bartolini Screenwriter
Adrianna Berselli Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Fusco Score Composer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Franco Indovina Asst. Director
Luciano Perugia Producer
Piero Poletto Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Eraldo Da Roma Editor
Aldo Scavarda Cinematographer

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