Red Desert

Red Desert

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1964 • Italy

Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age--about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband's coworker, played by Richard Harris--continues to keep viewers spellbound. With one startling, painterly composition after another--of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, looming docked ships--Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema's preeminent poet of the modern age.

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Red Desert
  • Red Desert

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1964 • Italy

    Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological ag...

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  • Michelangelo Antonion on RED DESERT

    This interview with director Michelangelo Antonioni about RED DESERT was conducted as part of the French television series “Les écrans de la ville.” It was directed by Colette Thiriet and first broadcast on November 12, 1964.

  • Monica Vitti on RED DESERT

    In this interview from the French television series “Cinéma cinémas,” actress Monica Vitti discusses her relationship with Michelangelo Antonioni and her approach to acting. The interview was directed by Guy Girard and first broadcast on March 10, 1990.

  • Richard Peña on RED DESERT

  • RED DESERT Dailies 1

    These uncut and unfinished dailies from RED DESERT show the precision of Antonioni’s framing and direction of actors. Recent acquisitions of the Cineteca di Bologna, they are presented here as discovered—in both black and white and color, and without audio.

  • Gente del Po

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1947 • Italy

    This film of a barge trip down the Po River is, along with N.U., one of several early nonfiction shorts by Michelangelo Antonioni to look at the relationship between individuals and their environment, a theme the director would fully explore in...

  • N.U.

    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni • 1948 • Italy

    This 1948 film by Antonioni documents the lives of street cleaners in Rome. N.U. is short for Nettezza urbana, the Italian municipal cleaning service.