- Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials 58 minute documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi
- Writings by Antonioni, read by Jack Nicholson - plus Nicholson's recollection of the director
- Reprint of Antonioni's statements about L'Avventura, circulated after the film's premiere at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival
- Restoration demonstration
The Criterion Collection, Special Edition
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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, L’Avventura 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 L’Avventura so unpredictable is the high level of realism portrayed by each character and their environments. This isn’t 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. L’Avventura is quintessential Antonioini. Not to be missed. --Rob Bracco
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Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental"
This particular collection has a remastered version of the film with audio commentary by film historian Gene Youngblood as well as a 58 minute documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi produced by the Canadian Film Board, and various writings by Antonioni read by Jack Nicholson along with personal reflections, and a restoration demonstration. There is also a reprint of Antonioni's statements about L'Avventura, and a new essay by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.