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Past Films

L'Avventura (1960)

  • Starring: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari
  • Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Language(s): Italian, English, Greek
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 145 min.

Essential Janus Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Janus Films is the pre-eminent distributor of classic foreign films in the United States. Founded by two Harvard students in 1956, Janus Films was one of the first distributors to bring what are now regarded as the masterpieces of world cinema to American audiences.

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.

"Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema, one that perfectly expressed a modern alienation that's enduring as well as the film."
- Zachary Wigon, L.A. Weekly
"The first ten minutes make it clear that this is the work of a discerning, troubled, uniquely gifted artist who speaks to us through the refined center of his art."
- Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's a work that requires some patience -- a 145-minute mystery that strategically elides any conventional denouement -- but more than amply repays the effort."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"L'Avventura becomes a place in our imagination -- a melancholy moral desert."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Showtimes

  • Sunday, 5/28 tbd
  • Monday, 5/29 tbd