The Shared CV: Vitti was already a member of Antonioni's theatre group when he cast her in L'Avventura. She returned for his next three films, all major art-house hits, and reunited for 1980's The Mystery Of Oberwald.
Defining Traits: Vitti's beauty provided the counterpoint to Antonioni's bleak, ice-cool portraits of existential angst.
Going Solo: Antonioni set off on his travels to direct classics in Britain (Blow-Up) and America (The Passenger). Vitti's English-language period was nowhere near as successful: Modesty Blaise was poorly received.