L'Avventura - Criterion Blu-Ray

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Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.

  • Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Country: Italy
  • Audio: Italian with English subtitles
  • Year: 1960
  • Certificate: PG
  • Format: Blu-Ray

Special features

  • New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Gene Youngblood
  • Olivier Assayas on L'avventura, an analysis of the film in three parts
  • Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials, a 58 minute documentary by Gianfranco Mingozza from 1966
  • Writings by director Michelangelo Antonioni, read by actor Jack Nicholson, plus Nicholson's personal recollections of the director
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: an essay by critic Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Antonioni's statements about the film after its 1960 Cannes Film Festival premiere, and an open letter distributed at the festival