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RED DESERT

RED DESERT

RED DESERT

1964 / 117min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

CAST: MONICA VITTI, RICHARD HARRIS, CARLO CHIONETTI

Antonioni had never made a color film before embarking on Red Desert, and nobody had made a color film quite like what he came up with. Ending the trilogy that began with L’Avventura Antonioni painted a picture of contemporary sci-fi dystopia with a palette of eye-searing chemical spills, the terrible, beautiful industrial hellscape which persecutes Monica Vitti’s neurasthenic housewife, who takes up with her factory owner husband’s associate, played by Richard Harris. A hypnotic vision of environmental and spiritual catastrophe, inextricably combined.

Red Desert is screening as part of the series Antonioni x 6. Click here for more info.