Red Desert (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

Original title:  Il Deserto Rosso

Italy/France, 1964Film Duemila, Federiz, Francoriz Production.  Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by Giovanni Fusco, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

More art house brilliance from Michelangelo Antonioni, here making his first film in colour. Monica Vitti stars as a dillusioned young wife and mother who, following a car accident, wanders about the industrial landscape of her husband’s factory in search of what seems to have gone missing from her life. It doesn’t have the marvelous thrust to its opening that L’Avventura‘s missing girl plot had, leaving you with an enjoyably glacial moody drama that keeps you interested but never convinces you why you should be watching it in the first place. Still, it has its memorable moments, and Antonioni’s tastefully elegant framing is always worth the watch. Also stars an oddly cast but effective Richard Harris.

The Criterion Collection:  #522

Venice Film Festival Award:  Golden Lion


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