This is the first in the "Incommunicability Trilogy". People walk around wondering if they're loved, and if they're worthy. It's 2 and 1/2 hours long and it was booed the first time it was shown. Apparently those were stupid people, and they showed it again and everyone loved it. It won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes “for a new movie language and the beauty of its images.” Not quite a compliment.
L'Avventura is one of the pioneer movies that changed films landscape in the early 60's. Slow panning camera shots and concise black and white cinematography evoke a dreamlike, nostalgic state. This accompanies the disjointed narrative covering topics existentially such as love, loss, and guilt. Despite being boo'd at Cannes, this movie became one of the most influential avante Garde films ever made.
8.5/10. I haven't quite wrapped my head around L'AVVENTURA. The film's central mystery--the disappearance of Ana--disturbingly seems to hardly affect the majority of the characters. While it would be tempting to maybe call the film a satire at this point, that would discount many of the (devastating) dramatic scenes left that feel more consistent with the first half of the film.
Chic cynicism won't do it anymore for me. Let's hear it from the distraught: why is Anna reading the Bible? Who is watching Claudia and Sandro when they leave the empty village with a big church in the background? No God, no Anna, no passions? Let's blame modernity, sure, but why not root our critique on capitalism? Speaking of critique, why are so many of the shots in this film so awkwardly constructed?