*L'avventura*. 1960. Italy/France. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Courtesy of Photofest

L'avventura. 1960. Italy/France. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra. With Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 145 min.

Passionately booed at its Cannes premiere, L’avventura is today considered Antonioni’s greatest contribution to modernism, a film whose style cannot be divorced from its themes of alienation and despair. The story involves a woman who mysteriously disappears during a boating trip to Sicily, forcing her lover and her friend to reflect on their own tenuous connection to each other.

Ritorno a Lisca Bianca (Return to Lisca Bianca Island). 1983. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Antonioni. With Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari. Digital projection. In Italian; English subtitles. 8 min.

After 23 years, Antonioni returned to the volcanic desolation of Lisca Bianca in the Lipari Islands, the place where Anna, the character played by Lea Massari, disappears in L’avventura.

  1. Saturday, December 16, 2017,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  2. Sunday, December 10, 2017,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Michelangelo Antonioni.