L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Antonioni launched cinema’s greatest trilogy with The Adventure. Two souls, her lover, Sandro, and her friend, Claudia (Monica Vitti, Antonioni’s partner and muse at the time, phenomenal), search for Anna, who is missing from their party on an uninhabited island. In the course of this adventure, the two become a couple and lose the thread […]

ORPHEUS (Jean Cocteau, 1949)

Orphée is the middle part of writer-director Jean Cocteau’s “Orphic trilogy.” Jean Marais, Cocteau’s lover, plays the titular role in Cocteau’s dark, hauntingly poetic variation on and updating of the ancient Greek myth of Apollo’s son Orpheus’s descent into the Underworld, Death’s brooding province, to bring out of it Eurydice, his wife. There is no […]