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Il Deserto Rosso (1964)

Italy / France 120m, Colour
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni; Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir, Lili Rheims, Aldo Grotti, Valerio Bartoleschi

red_desertThe Red Desert is the story of a young woman who is said to have physically recovered from an automobile accident, but who has been left with unexplained emotional problems which leave her in a most unsettled and paranoid state. The film’s limited palette of colours enhance the bleak modern industrial landscape which amplifies Giuliana’s sense of detachment with others. Wandering almost aimlessly, the characters in this film seem to be doing little of consequence in a landscape that is practically devoid of life. If this is a statement on modernism and industrialization and our alienation of living in a world without natural beauty, Antonioni’s film might be considered a triumph, though it may also have had the effect of alienating audiences who were looking for something more conventional (Klaus Ming March 2013).

2 comments on “Il Deserto Rosso (1964)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    My favorite of Antonioni’s — disappointed you didn’t really like it. But then again, I certainly didn’t go in the screening looking for something conventional. I loved the industrial landscape, I loved the feel, everything.

    But then again, this is coming from someone who disliked L’avventura so perhaps take what I say with a grain of salt.

    • Klaus

      I wanted to like this more that I did. It has the feel of a science fiction movie, and I kept expecting something more to happen. I think I preferred L’avventura only marginally. I suspect that I’m going to want to revisit both in the future.

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