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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851705340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851705347
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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L'Avventura (The Adventure), the movie that put director Michelangelo Antonioni on the map, is a masterpiece. For Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, editor of The Oxford History of World Cinema and author of this book, "no film before or since has ever made such an impression on me.... It is a film which makes the world look different, and after which other films look stale."

The plot is deceptively simple. A beautiful young woman mysteriously disappears while touring off the coast of Sicily. Though initially distressed at this loss, her lover and best friend fall in love, betray one another, and then make some hesitant moves toward reconciliation. Nowell-Smith demonstrates that Antonioni transformed this tale into an astoundingly profound meditation on romance, friendship, personal identity, women's autonomy, living in the modern world, even meaning itself.

The author also tells the fascinating history of the film's production (and how close Antonioni came to shutting down shooting before he completed the picture!) and its troubled, but ultimately enthusiastic, critical and popular reception. As an added treat, the volume closes with what Nowell-Smith considers the best essay written about Antonioni, a speech delivered in 1980 by the great critic Roland Barthes. In it, Barthes considers three features of Antonioni's work, "which to my mind constitute the artist: vigilance, wisdom, and, most paradoxical of all, fragility." --Raphael Shargel

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Geoffrey Nowell-Smith is Director of the Joint European Filmography and editor of the Oxford History of World Cinema (1996).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mc Coy on May 22, 2014
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Geoffrey Nowell-Smith takes a comprehensive look at BFI: L'Avventura (2008), the classic revolutionary film by Michaelangelo Antonioni. After the introduction the book is divided into six chapters: 1. The Scandal of 'L'Avventura' 2. The Director 3. The Adventure 4. A viewing 5. The World of 'L'Avventura' 6. Fortunes. There is an Appendix with the text of a speech by Roland Barthes for an honor bestowed on Antonioni by the city of Bologna. This is another well-researched analysis of a classic film that has been the hallmark of the BFI Classics series. Smith talks about the production, the film, and its reception in context of Antonioni's career as well as in the world of cinema.
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