Red Desert (1964)
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Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso) once more combines the considerable talents of director Michelangelo Antonioni and star Monica Vitti. Cast as Giuliana, an unhappy wife, Vitti suffers from an unnamed form of depression and malaise. Her quicksilver emotional shifts disturb everyone around her, but they, like she, pretend that nothing is truly wrong. British engineer Corrado Zeller (Richard Harris) seems to understand what Giuliana is really after in life, and he acts upon it by entering into an
Feb 8, 1964 Wide
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The film's most spellbinding sequence depicts a pantheistic, utopian fantasy of innocence, which she recounts to her ailing son.
Red Desert is at once the most beautiful, the most simple and the most daring film yet made by Italy's masterful Michelangelo Antonioni.
Perhaps the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni's entire career; and correspondingly impossible to synopsise.
This flawed masterpiece is a political film, anger seething beneath the seductively beautiful surface, and a contrast to the surrounding devastation is provided by a simple fable told to a small boy by his mother.
Antonioni's sense of design and how the environment inevitably influences his characters is masterly.
A strikingly original, melancholy work executed with painterly precision and still one of the more underrated films from this innovative director.
What a mysterious film it is, with much to perplex and even exasperate, but much to fascinate as well.
Almost half a century on, Red Desert remains a film of rare beauty and brooding erotic intensity.
Red Desert is Antonioni's clearest, most striking statement of purpose - and one of cinema's great films.
Thematically, Red Desert is a distillation of Antonioni's preferred themes and imagery: alienation, anxiety, modern life, and industrialized landscapes.
The effect is perhaps even more astounding than in his black and white films. Now, more so than using just shapes and spaces, Antonioni now gets to play with bright colors, and lack of colors.
[Antonioni] casts a hypnotic spell, his every frame is impeccably composed and painted... and his imagery stripped of extraneous details...
Savor every image and every sound. Few directors have created audiovisual landscapes as lush as Antonioni's.
In some ways, this is Art House 101 stuff -- the kind of movie you just know is good for you, because it's so dull and depressing.That, however, is merely one aspect of it.
This was Antonioni's first color film and perhaps his most extreme early effort at manipulating the visual images on the screen.
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