L'Avventura ★★★★★

It's no mean feat to invent a whole new cinematic language through which bourgeois ennui and emotional detachment and existential crises can be studied by purely visual means, or to convey human emotions and psyches through landscape and architecture and, very often, without words altogether. This is a film in which the sight of a decaying monument or the sound of church bells or the smallest gesture of a hand can signify a world of meaning. I used to think L'Avventura was more fun to think about than to watch, but going back to it for the first time in more than a decade, I found it quite exhilarating in every frame.