Mineshaft Gap

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L'Avventura (Antonioni, 1960)

The profoundly sad closing moments of L'Avventura center around one important decision: to make a connection or to stay separate and apart. In the moment that Monica Vitti's hand lingers behind Gabrielle Ferzetti's head lasts a lifetime and aches with melancholy. Finally she touches him, she bares herself to try to reconnect but it is no use. Antonioni cuts to a wide shot, emphasizing their distance from each other and the world around them.

And with that culmination, he ends perhaps the cinema's most moving statement about alienation. It is heartbreaking.

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