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Italy film school 1960 bw 143 min.
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
CAV: out-of-print collectible
3 discs, catalog # CC1162L

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2 discs, catalog # CC1380L

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Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura marks the director's first visual masterpiece in the progression of his work from a neorealist style to a much more rigorous formal aesthetic. Each scene in this extraordinary film occurs in real time, making the study of bourgeois alienation especially effective. Antonioni also anchors his characters in a deep focus mise en scene thereby emphasizing their isolation. The film, which tells of a fruitless search for a missing woman, ends up mocking the notion of filmic adventure, positing instead the unique power of the cinema to examine the complexities of space and time.

Criterion's edition features audio commentary by critic Gene Youngblood discussing the film's production and Antonioni's unique style. In addition, the CAV special edition includes:

  • A collection of rare photos, illustrations, and maps from Antonioni's traveling multimedia exhibit
  • The original theatrical trailer

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