Monica VITTI's carelessness and boredom suggest availability. Her distraught side, sometimes tinged with distress, and it's the portrait of a woman not only available, but also looking for protection. No man can resist. L'insouciance & l'ennui de Monica VITTI suggèrent la disponibilité. Son côté désemparé, parfois en détresse, et c'est le portrait d'une femme en demande de protection. Quel homme pourrait y résister?
Worth reading up a bit before sitting down with the popcorn. Uncompromising cerebral film-making where conventional expectations are confounded and frustration is core to the viewing experience - the depiction of alienation forces you to consider deeply what it means to feel, to be human. Visually extraordinary, the use of location is the stuff on which PhDs are (and have been) written. And Monica Vitti - oh my...
Antonioni brings quiet poetry to realist landscapes in his angles and composition. I love seeing his characters move amongst his scenes. I find his pockets of close ups and conversations provide intimate subtleties in the complex relationships against his bigger everyday picture. All finished off with some Italian passion and nostalgia.
An absolute slog of a film. The hardest of Antonioni's bleak trilogy to endure. The film crawls at a snails pace as the plot drifts away with the tide and the characters gaze vacantly across the world. Everything points to a listless, bleak existence for man where nothing has meaning or value - most of all love. Sadly the film's impact and purpose is lost in the tedium of it all - perhaps Antonioni's goal?
I really like to give this film more stars because the camerawork is probably the best I've seen in any movie. But the script cannot choose between thriller and love story. Because I didn't feel involved with the main characters my interest in the film flew away in the second half.
In L'Avventura, Antonioni seems to be asking questions about the nature of film and what possibilities the medium can offer to the artist. The slow pace and the lingering on everyday details is highly immersive; one feels as if one is living in the film rather than simply watching it. Shot with striking virtuosity, the sound of the wind and the architecture of the South are as important as the characters themselves.
I'll amend my rating and watch properly once a decent transfer is made. This seems to be running at some stupid frame rate which is introducing a subtle judder throughout. You can pretend its not there and imagine what the film is meant to be like. But its giving me a headache.
I watched the mesmerisingly brilliant L'Eclisse and La Notte before getting round to L'Avventura and if I'm honest I was almost disappointed - probably due to its hefty reputation (I think if I'd watched this first I might never have gotten round to the others, which would have been an eternal shame). Nevertheless, it's a well crafted film with many unspoken layers and I just can't get enough of Monica Vitti!
Final score: 8. Storyline: 8, Originality: 8, Cinematography: 9, Involvement: 7, Sound: 7, Editing: 8, Educational: 7, Title design: 7, Acting: 8, Interesting: 7, Unusual: 9, Exciting: 7, Superior: 7 The movie was apparantly running at 15 frames per second. The film stuttered somewhat. Especially in the scenes when the camera made a horizontal or vertical move.
It's difficult to watch a film with mediocre camera work after seeing one of Antonioni's beautiful masterpieces. Every frame is so magnificently composed, when paired with his eerie landscapes they produce chills. One day I will get some stills made into posters.