Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso)



(out of 5)

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.

Film Duemila, Federiz, Francoriz Production

Italy/France, 1964

Directed by

Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni,

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by 

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection



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