by guest writer
L’Avventura was a controversial movie when launched at the Cannes Film Festival. Not too many people at that time could get the meaning of Antonioni’s intention to depict the characters in a metaphysical manner. Together with his fellow directors Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky, Michelengelo Antonioni approached throughout almost his entire career subjects like man’s alienation from his natural environment and the dissolution of love. What is unforgettable about L’avventura is its ending, bearing the signs of a metaphor well designed, composed of three elements: 1) the left half of the frame: a panorama at dawn with the snowcapped peak of Mount Etna; 2) the right half of the frame is pictured as a windowless wall of a house; 3) in the middle: a man in a suit sitting hunch-shouldered on a bench with a blonde woman standing beside him symbolically dressed in a dark shirt and sweater stroking his head without him saying a word. I will leave you with this riddle which I will be happy to discuss with you after you’ve watched our Sunday movie.
image: still from the movie, production credits