The War of the Islands

The summer of 1949 was steaming hot because of the so called “war of the islands” which took place on the Aeolian Islands. In Stromboli, Rossellini and Bergman stayed on with the crew of their movie. While on Volcano, Anna Magnani kept on with her film as well. There was a competition as to which group would complete their film first. The German director of Magnani’s film won, wrapping things up after seven weeks. On the other hand, despite the eight weeks that was initially estimated, it took Rosellini and his staff fifteen weeks to finish. This delay in production was thought by some to be the result of the passionate love affair between the distracted Rosellini and Ingrid Bergman.

“L’Avventura” – The Adventure

The great master Michelangelo Antonioni filmed part of his fantastic masterpiece, “L’avventura” in Sicily and off the coast of Panarea on the nearby island of Lisca Bianca. L’Avventura – meaning the adventure – is a 1960 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. Developed from a story written by Antonioni, the film is about a woman who disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip, and during the subsequent search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. The movie is noted for its careful pacing, which puts a focus on visual composition and character development, as well as for its unusual narrative structure. According to an Antonioni obituary, the film “systematically subverted the filmic codes, practices and structures in currency at its time.” Filmed on location in Rome, the Aeolian Islands, and Sicily in 1959 under difficult financial and physical conditions, L’Avventura made Monica Vitti an international star. The film was nominated for numerous awards and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. L’Avventura is the first film of a trilogy by Antonioni, followed by La Notte (1961) and Eclipse (1962).

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