The Castro Theatre is presenting a luminous new restoration of a masterwork of cinema by the renowned Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni: L’AVVENTURA, along with RED DESERT, both starring his muse Monica Vitti in her most iconic and haunting roles. This Antonioni double feature will be presented on the theatre's grand screen for one day only — Tuesday, September 24.
L’AVVENTURA begins with a girl mysteriously disappearing on a yachting trip. While her lover and her best friend search for her across Italy, they begin an affair. Antonioni's penetrating study of the idle upper class offers sharp observations on spiritual isolation and the many meanings of love. At its debut at Cannes in 1960, L’AVVENTURA was awarded a Special Jury Prize for "the beauty of its images, and for seeking to create a new film language." Fifty years later, it has established itself as a landmark in modern cinema and one of the most influential films ever made. Martin Scorcese said of the the film, “[It] changed my perception of cinema and the world around me, and made both seem limitless.” Janus Films made this new 35mm print from a restoration negative.
As a double feature, Antonioni's spellbinding RED DESERT also shows. It stars Monica Vitti as a disaffected woman wandering through a bleak industrial landscape and tentatively flirting with her husband’s coworker, Richard Harris. Antonioni’s first color film is full of one startling, painterly composition after another which together create a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age.
Tuesday, September 24
ANTONIONI DOUBLE FEATURE
L’AVVENTURA, 2:00, 7:00
1960 | 145 min | 35mm
RED DESERT, 4:40, 9:40
1964 | 117 min | 35mm
The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each evening show.
Tickets are available day of show at the Castro box office