Where L'Eclisse feels more like a poem of disillusionment, L'Avventura feels more like a melodrama or, at the very least, like a slightly awkward transition between his neorealist melodramas and his more understated works. I do wonder if people would continue to regard this as his masterpiece if the scene they filmed where the drowned body is discovered would have been included in the final cut.
One of my favorite films, and a visual experience to truly savor. The cinematic exploration of time and space is incredibly nuanced, even if the plot may seem tedious at times. Those who criticize the film's emotion as sterile forget the period in which the film was produced. Seeing L'Avventura at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago was wonderful.
Judging by all the glowing reviews below, and everywhere, I was definitely expecting something better. Yes Monica Vitti is beautiful, but after they leave the island the film pretty much just starts to drag itself. They were kind of following clues that seemed so arbitrary, looking for someone they did not really wanted to find. We are shown some wonderful places in Italy along way, but there's no "adventure" here.
There's no way a blurb can do this film justice. The shift the film takes after Anna's disappearance begins the signify the struggles and difficulties of even existing. Anna's physical disappearance is synonymous with the void within the characters left behind as Antonioni's cinematic language paints the modern world to be every bit as treacherous and alienating as the island in the film's first half. Masterpiece.