Red Desert

  • Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

  • Italy/France, 1964, 117 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti

Antonioni explores alienation in its deepest colors – in a film whose working title, perhaps ironically, had actually been Celeste e Verde (sky blue and green). His colors, however, are not those of a loving or healing nature but the palette of corrupted industrial landscapes and polluted waters. These powerful landscapes become the outward manifestations of the detachment and doubts of the heroine, Giuliana (Monica Vitti) amidst shifting demands of her industrialist husband (Carlo Chionetti), a foreign businessman (Richard Harris) and her son (Valerio Bartoleschi).

1964 Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion Best Film & FIPRESCI Prize

Further Readings:
Red Desert, From Defining Modernity: Michelangelo Antonioni (Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, 2009)



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