Who play with love

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German title Who play with love
Original title L'avventura
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1960
length 143 minutes,
German theatrical version: 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
script Michelangelo Antonioni
Elio Bartolini
Tonino Guerra
production Luciano Perugia
music Giovanni Fusco
camera Aldo Scarvada
cut Eraldo Da Roma

1st synchro: synchro database 1960 2nd synchro: German synchro card index 1972

L'Avventura (original title: L'avventura ) is in black and white twisted Italian - French film drama of Michelangelo Antonioni . Due to its unusual film language , the film is considered a milestone in European cinema and, together with Die Nacht und Liebe 1962, forms a trilogy.


A small group of members of the Italian upper class goes on an excursion to the small Aeolian island of Panarea / Lisca Bianca. Among them is the young architect Sandro, his girlfriend Anna and her friend Claudia. After an argument with Sandro, Anna suddenly disappears and the group goes in search of her.

In the process, Sandro and Claudia get closer, although Claudia is shocked and refuses any advances. After the police were also unsuccessfully called in, the group split up. Sandro and Claudia want to investigate a clue about Anna's whereabouts on the mainland. During their search for Anna all over Sicily , a love adventure unfolds between the two that is equivalent to a journey up and down the mountain. All clues in their search turn out to be false.

Villa Palagonia one of the filming locations

Towards the end of the film they arrive at a hotel in Taormina , where a lavish party is taking place. In the course of this, Sandro gets involved with a starlet he has already met on his search. Claudia discovers the two of them and leaves the hotel in dismay. Sandro follows her and bursts into tears at the sight of her. This is how the film ends without Anna reappearing.


The production of Playing With Love was accompanied by many problems. During the filming of Lisca Bianca, the production company went bankrupt. Therefore, more money first had to be raised to pay the already grumbling crew. Finally, a new French production company stepped in after The Scream started with good box office results in France. Due to bad weather and problems with the yacht on which the opening sequence of the film takes place, the shooting was delayed until November, when the water was already very cold. Lea Massari fell seriously ill temporarily. Due to the bad weather, the supply boat could not dock on the island, which is why the film team often had to spend the night in a hut and in tents on the island with little food and poor clothing.

L'Avventura was released on February 7, 1961 in a shortened by about 40 minutes version in theaters of Germany . The film was then shown in full on German television.


“I attach enormous importance to the soundtrack and I always try to take the greatest possible care. And when I speak of the soundtrack, I am referring to natural tones, noises, more than music. For L'AVVENTURA I had a large number of sound effects recorded. For me, that's the real music that goes with the pictures. "

- Michelangelo Antonioni in conversation with André S. Labarthe in Cahiers du Cinéma , no.112, October 1960


"In spite of the rumor-like plot, a serious film, excellent in play and representation, which reflects Antonioni's deep pessimism."

Awards (selection)


  • Michelangelo Antonioni, L'Avventura - screenplay. Translated from the Italian by Annemarie Czaschke. Cinemathek 5 - selected film texts. Marion von Schröder Verlag, Hamburg 1963.
  • Matthias Bauer: Michelangelo Antonioni - image, projection, reality. edition text + kritik, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-86916-267-6 . Therein on L'Avventura : pp. 225-273.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. synchrondatenbank.de names "Rosemarie Kirstein" as the spokeswoman for Monica Vitti for both synchronizations, while synchronkartei.de names "Marion Degler" as the spokesperson in the 1st synchro and "Rose-Marie Kirstein" as the spokeswoman in the 2nd synchro for Vitti
  2. Peter Brunette: The Films of Michelangelo Antonioni, Cambridge University Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0521389921 , pp. 28-29.
  3. ^ Paul Duncan and Seymour Chatman: Michelangelo Antonioni: The Complete Films, Taschen, 2004, ISBN 978-3822830895 , p. 59.
  4. a b Those with love play in the dictionary of international filmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used .