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. —The Criterion Collection
Michelangelo Antonioni once described his work as “archeological research” which sifted through “the arid remains of our times”. If Fellini claimed to treat the past as science fiction, Antonioni gazed deeply into the future already visible in the present (L’Eclisse) or a past which uneasily hung onto a present that had outlived it (L’Avventura). Born in an upper-middle class family in Ferrara in 1912; Antonioni studied economics at the University of Bologna, where he staged works by Luigi Pirandello as well as original work written by himself. Antonioni’s time as a film critic for the Roman Cinema magazine brought him in contact with Cesare Zavattini, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and others. For Rossellini, he would co-write Un pilota ritorna and with Fellini, he collaborated on the screenplay of his first feature The White Shiek.
Antonioni, however, yearned to begin his own career in film. To this end, he enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinemografia… read more
A very human, honest film that portraits and captures true human emotions (like guilt for instance), confusion and the difficulties of love. All that had to happen was the disappearance of one person. What if it never happened, would they all end up being happy? Or was this the only way for them to find the truth, or even true love... tragic.
The first Antonioni movie to really resonate with me, instead of just leaving me bored and unsatisfied. Monica Vitti is great in the film, playing a woman who's conflicted about her love for her missing friend's fiancé. There isn't much of a plot besides that, but if you're looking for an interesting character study about alienation that has absolutely stunning visuals and a great ending, than look no further.
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This is cinematic art at its finest. The visuals tell the story, not the dialogue. Thoroughly gripping from beginning to end. Probably too subtle for the avg filmgoer, that’s merely one characteristic… read review
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