Sunday, October 22, 2006

L'Avventura


How about spending the Diwali evening watching a 35mm print of L'Avventura, one of my favourite films ever, alone? And musing about the emptiness and desolation of the modern world? That's what I did yesterday!

6 comments:

km said...

Now there's a film that deserves a 35-mm screening!

km said...

(and phew, I can finally comment on your blog!)

jyothsnay said...

such a delight, reading this film's review...I certainly agree with this hypothesis that the visual content of a movie heightens up the symbolic aspect,characterisation of protagonists and the tussle between human emotions. The lesser the noise of content, the more breakthrough of articulation of emotions...

...staring out onto grey street,
that cluster of brooding trees,
one searches for something
to fill in the loneliness inside...

Alok said...

km: it was really great on the big screen. i was surprised to see the crowd, I have been going to a lot of repertory screenings in the past two years but I have never seen such packed house crowd. there was a long stand-by line and many people had to return without tickets. there were very few young people though, and no Indians :(

jyothsna: wow, those four lines of yours describe this film very well. it is a very complex film in visual terms and a great critique of the kind of life we live in the modern world and it goes about doing it in purely visual terms, without dialogues or mechanics of narrative. you will love it. check if you can get in on DVD. other antonioni films are also similar to it - La Notte (the night) and L'Eclisse (the ecplise). as the names indicate these are not cheerful films but nevertheless very compelling and very complex.

Giordano said...

Chauvel cinema Paddington Sydney Australia, Next week an Antonioni retrospective. Hurrah!
I have seen L'Aventurra on tv only.

Alok said...

I am sure you will love it on big screen. It is absolutely marvellous. Don't miss it for your life :)