I first became interested in Michelangelo Antonioni when I read that Wong Kar-wai was influenced by him and one of my favorite musicians, Dean Wareham named an album after his influential film, L'Avventura. After that I felt compelled ot see his subsequent classic films: La Notte, L'Eclisse, and Red Desert. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith takes a comprehensive look at BFI: L'Avventura (2008), the classic revolutionary film by Antonioni. After the introduction the book is divided into six chapters: 1. The Scandal of 'L'Avventura' 2. The Director 3. The Adventure 4. A viewing 5. The World of 'L'Avventura' 6. Fortunes. There is an Appendix with the text of a speech by Roland Barthes for an honor bestowed on Antonioni by the city of Bologna. This is another well-researched analysis of a classic film that has been the hallmark of the BFI Classics series. Smith talks about the production, the film, and its reception in context of Antonioni's career as well as in the world of cinema.