Zabriskie Point (1970)
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A visually sumptuous experience, it also typifies the very worst excesses of hippie-era filmmaking.
Antonioni has sought to bring into the focus of his own insights, the student vs establishment conflict. He is on foreign terrain.
Antonioni's sorrowing, stranger's-eye view of modern America is sadly flawed by the way his 'story' s bogged down in the mood of student revolt dogging the nation in the late '60s.
Because of the fundamental emptiness of his American vision, all sorts of flaws that one might overlook in better Antonioni films become apparent.
Antonioni has no feeling for young people... He has tried to make a serious movie and hasn't even achieved a beach-party level of insight.
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Incredibly dull and pointless. VERY much a product of its time.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Zabriskie Point", Mark(Mark Frachete) is a campus radical involved in a college strike. He and his pals have had enough with meetings and decide armed resistance is the way to go. During one confrontation with the police, a policeman is killed. Mark flees by stealing an airplane and flies towards the desert. Meanwhile, Daria(Daria Halprin) is driving out to Phoenix via a meditation center she hopes to find...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Zabriskie Point" is a very dated movie about violence in America. The acting is amateurish with the exceptions of Rod Taylor and G.D. Spradlin. Michelangelo Antonioni sure seemed to enjoy photographing billboards. There are a couple of nice sequences, though.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]What is wrong with nonviolent resistance by the way? Granted, I did not like meetings in my college days and I still do not(The subject matter having changed from socialism to capitalism.) but in any kind of movement, you still need some sort of ideology and idea as to what you hope to achieve. [/font]
Not one of Antonioni's best, that's for sure. But the final sequence with the explosions is BRILLIANT!
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