L’Avventura

L’Avventura

L’Avventura had a tumultuous reception at its premiere at Cannes but is now considered an influential and modern masterpiece. A young woman (Lea Massari) mysteriously disappears on an excursion to an island near Sicily with a group of wealthy socialites. Her friend (Monica Vitti) is seemingly alone in her concern for her friend’s disappearance. The story of a woman forgotten; this is a scathing depiction of an unhappy, listless society devoid of meaningful human emotion.

Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival (1960)

Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

L’Avventura

  • Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Year: 1960
  • Run Time: 143 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: Italy/France
  • Rating: R