Michelangelo AntonioniItaly145 minutes1960B&WItalian
View L'Avventura during the Piers Handling on L'Avventura event.
A beautiful 35mm print of Antonioni's epochal masterpiece, which provoked outrage at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival but quickly established its claim as "the most important film since Citizen Kane" (Robert Benayoun) and, along with Godard's Breathless, Bresson's Pickpocket and Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour, a foundation of modernist cinema. During a yachting party, a young woman (Léa Massari) mysteriously disappears from the Sicilian island the group had been exploring. The woman's architect lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti) travel through Sicily in search of her, but the urgency of their pursuit dissipates as they fall into an uneasy sexual relationship. Part love story, part detective mystery, and part travelogue, L'Avventura continues to influence contemporary cinema with its unmoored narrative and existential themes. "Of all the memorable works in film history, only a relative few have pioneered ... and shining amongst these few is L'Avventura" (Stanley Kauffmann).