Antonioni discusses The Adventure
Michelangelo Antonioni presents the story of his favourite film, The Adventure, which was recently a big success in Parisian cinemas.
A documentary maker of the 1940s, on the trail of Italian neorealism, Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) turned out to be a top-notch fiction filmmaker with Chronicle of a Love (1950), Camille Without Camellias (1953), and The Girl Friends (1955), all of them marked, in high society or in the blue collar circles of The Outcry (1957), by the incommunicability of couples and by existential solitude.
It was with The Adventure that he took a closer look at this deep alienation and invented a new film language. A group visits an Italian island; Anna disappears. Antonioni creates a range of expectations in viewers: the friends should be searching for the young woman, but they seem to have forgotten her. A couple is formed between Anna's lover and her friend Claudia. Presented in Cannes in 1960, The Adventure is greeted with boos, but 37 filmmakers and critics (including Roberto Rossellini) drafted a letter of support for it and it received the Jury Prize "for its remarkable contribution to the search for a new film language".
From The Night (1961) to The Red Desert, his first colour film (1964), through The Eclipse (1962), Antonioni continues to shoot Monica Vitti, who played Claudia In The Adventure.