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L'avventura [Blu-ray]

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Anna's best friend and lover become lovers after Anna disappears. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.

Special Features

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Gene Youngblood
  • Selected-scene commentary by filmmaker Olivier Assayas
  • Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials, a fifty-eight-minute 1966 documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi
  • Writings by director Michelangelo Antonioni, read by actor Jack Nicholson, plus Nicholson’s personal recollections of the director
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, along with the statement Antonioni made about the film and the letter that circulated in support of it after its 1960 Cannes premiere

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari
    • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
    • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
    • Language: Italian
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
    • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2014
    • Run Time: 143 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00MRKX9F4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    A film I need to see again, and wouldn't be surprised to love more on repeated viewings. I appreciate Antonioni's magnificent framing and images, his bravery with unconventional plotting; (e.g. having his true 'main character' disappear 10 minutes in). It's legendarily slow pace didn't bother me at all, but I did find the insights into the characters, how empty and desperate they are somewhat repetitive over time. I'll admit to moments of feeling 'yeah, I got it already'.

    Antonioni brilliantly uses lonely landscapes to show how isolated these people are. But some of the performances didn't thrill me (there's a key difference between playing a shallow character and being a shallow actor, and it sometimes seems confused here).

    It stayed a very intellectual experience - an essay about the lack of humanity in the upper classes beautifully illustrated. But it seemed so removed and exaggerated, even from my own comfy existence, that I found I wasn't moved on a deeper level.

    That said, all these same criticisms could be aimed at 'Barry Lyndon', a film I have come to love deeply on repeated viewings. Like that film, I suspect I'll see much more next time I watch it. The telling thing is I find myself anxious to re-see it, in spite of it's challenges.
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    My favorite movie. Inspired by the existentialism of Journey to Italy, Antonioni conceived the story, wrote the screenplay, and directed this masterpiece. A woman disappears, her fiance and best friend search for her. Don't be fooled, there's nothing ordinary about this film. If you're looking for a relaxing evening, don't go near this film. You won't be able to go to sleep, not because it's scary or heartwarming or any of the ordinary emotions. This film raises as many questions as it answers, but that's not the point of it. Watch it and you'll know what I mean.
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    This review is of the 2014 Criterion Blu-ray. The film quality is stunning, and there are many extras - as you expect from Criterion.
    The story involves a group of upperclass Italians, initially on a yacht cruise. When a young woman goes missing after the yacht stops at a small remote island, the group searches the island for her, but soon loses interest in the search. Her fiance and her best friend, however, are determined to find her, while the others continue the cruise. The two searchers fall in love, eventually hoping that they will not find the missing girl. This is one of the all time great movies, but mainly of interest to film buffs as it is long and slow moving, with little action - the action is all internal to the characters. Highly recommended.
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    What would a beautiful girl like you to do when your best friend's boyfriend goes after you. You know it's wrong to get romantically involved while your best friend is still out there missing. Part of you doubts his loyalty, part of you shamefully wishes your best friend hadn't return so you could have him all to yourself. Will there be a future for you and him despite possible scandals? Will his love be true or ... will it be a slap in the face?

    This movie starts out very casually and slowly. Then it turns into a romantic adventure as Claudia and her best friend's boyfriend ( Sandro ) went out searching for the missing girl ( Ana.) The movie was about Claudia's own adventure, growing from an innocent, romantic girl in love to a mature woman who had seen the reality of marriage ( between Patrizia and Raimondo ,) love affair ( Giulia and the young painter ) and the ultimate betrayal. The movie was also about the struggle between Sandro's pursuit/persuasion, Claudia feeling guilty, and Claudia's insecurity about Sandro's loyalty.

    The movie was beautifully shot in high contrast black and white film, with the eternally gorgeous Monica Vitti ( Claudia ) against the backdrop of the breath taking sceneries of Italy. Even by half the movie, the audience still doesn't know which way the movie would turn. The movie is not fast paced, very "real time" mood and is not contrived, making it emotionally effective. It'll transport you through space ( Italy ) and time ( 1960s ) on a romantic journey, with the unforgettable Claudia.

    Now, where's my "Italian for Dummies" book?
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    There are ample reviews of this movie to go around. It's a classic, so I'll just add that this new transfer is fabulous. I've seen this picture over and over again in theaters and on dvd. I remember suffering through the old, high-contrast VHS versions. Then upgrade from the earlier Criterion version feels significant here visually and the sound, while not spectacular, is less hard sounding and feels natural in the overall mix.My only gripe with Criterion is the price, as they are rarely discounted and pretty much more expensive than anything else on the market. However, when you buy one typically you know where your money went. This one is well worth it. A lyrical and visually sumptuous movie given an even better treatment than before. Throw away your other copies.
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    L'avventura is one of the few films that really expanded my consciousness of what film could be. If I made a list of ten films I consider great, this would be on it along with Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Stalker, Mulholland Dr. and some others. Watch what happens when the party gets to the volcanic island, you'll be astonished.
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