Zabriskie Point (1970)
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Zabriskie Point, director Michelangelo Antonioni's only American film, is an unusual, visually stunning examination of youthful rebellion against the Establishment. The film, initially presented in quasi-documentary style, presents a group of college activists discussing key issues of their political agenda. Mark (Mark Frechette) steals an airplane and flies over a desert where he meets Daria (Daria Halprin). She is the pot-smoking secretary to businessman Lee Allen (Rod Taylor), while he is a
Feb 9, 1970 Wide
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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.
[Antonioni's] beautiful handling of 'Scope compositions and moods has many lingering aftereffects, and the grand and beautiful apocalyptic finale is downright spectacular.
As a fan of Antonioni's other works, I'd have to say that, of the ones I've seen, Zabriskie Point ranks near the bottom.
Antonioni's first U.S. film is flawed, but it's worth watching.
...can't be regarded as any sort of success. It's a self-indulgent movie, filled with half-baked ideas and radical sloganeering.
You will not see a better distillation of the entire 1960s and everything it stood for - good, bad, indifferent, insightful - than this uncompromising artistic overview.
Almost 40 years later, Zabriskie Point exists to teach us more exact and sensitive perceptions about a cultural moment that its original audience was too close to appropriately observe.
If you just sit back and let the film ride out as an experience, you're bound to enjoy the journey
If the film is a failure, then at least it is a striking and provocative failure that attempted to challenge audiences.
Antonioni got the worst reviews of his career for this, his first all-American work, yet a second look suggests that, despite muddled script and apocalyptic finale, the film has some artistic merits in the breathtaking visuals of Death Valley.
With this picture the director falls into two traps: employing endless 'anti-Establishment' cliches and saddling himself with the underwhelming talents of Mark Frechette.
Having seen this and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (the latter repeatedly) in the same week, it's hard not to see them as two sides of the same horny, hazy, and hirsute coin.
Antonioni's worse film ever
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