Michelangelo Antonioni: L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), L’Eclisse (1962)

Michelangelo Antonioni, Monica Vitti

L’Avventura (English: The Adventure) is a 1960 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. Developed from a story by Antonioni, the film is about a young woman’s disappearance during a boating trip in the Mediterranean. Her lover and her best friend, during the subsequent search for her, become attracted to each other. The film is noted for its careful pacing, which puts a focus on visual composition and character development, as well as for its unusual narrative structure. According to an Antonioni obituary, the film ‘systematically subverted the filmic codes, practices and structures in currency at its time.’ Filmed on location in Rome, the Aeolian Islands, and Sicily in 1959 under difficult financial and physical conditions, L’Avventura made Monica Vitti an international star. … L’Avventura influenced the visual language of cinema, changing how subsequent films looked, and has been named by some critics as one of the best ever made. However, it has been criticized by others for its seemingly uneventful plot and slow pacing, along with the existentialist themes. Youngblood has stated that ‘very few films in the history of cinema have broken the standard rules of cinematic grammar so elegantly, so subtly, as this film.’ Jonathan Rosenbaum has called it a masterpiece. …”
Wikipedia – L’Avventura
La Notte is a 1961 Italian drama film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti (Umberto Eco appeared in a cameo). Filmed on location in Milan, the film is about a day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their deteriorating relationship. In 1961 La Notte received the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the David di Donatello Award for Best Director. …”
W – La Notte
L’Eclisse (English: “Eclipse”) is a 1962 Italian drama film written and directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Alain Delon and Monica Vitti. Filmed on location in Rome and Verona, L’Eclisse is about a young woman who breaks up with an older lover and then has an affair with a confident young stockbroker whose materialistic nature eventually undermines their relationship. … While Antonioni’s earlier film L’Avventura had been derided upon its 1960 premiere, it was quickly reevaluated to the extent that L’Eclisse became ‘the most eagerly awaited film of the 1962 Cannes Film Festival‘; critics had begun to believe that Antonioni’s approach ‘was perhaps one way forward for an artform that was in danger of endlessly repeating itself.’ …”
W – L’Eclisse
NY Times – ‘L’Avventura’:Film by Michelangelo Antonioni Opens (April 5, 1961)
Roger Ebert
MUBI: L’Avventura (Video)
YouTube: Three Reasons: L’avventura, DEAR ANTONIONI… : from a letter by Roland Barthes (1997)
LA Times: Michelangelo Antonioni’s melancholy classic ‘La Notte’ gets a stunning restoration
senses of cinema
YouTube: La Notte Trailer, 1961 (Video)
Guardian: L’Eclisse review – Antonioni’s strange and brilliant film rereleased
The Film Sufi
New Yorker: Movie of the Week: “The Eclipse” By Richard Brody (Video)
The Emotional Historiography of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse

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