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Red Desert

Cast

Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi View All


Crew

Michelangelo Antonioni (Director), Michelangelo Antonioni (Writer), Tonino Guerra (Writer) View All

Release: Sep. 4th, 1964
Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Amid the modern wastelands and toxic factories of Italy, wife and mother Giuliana desperately tries to conceal her tenuous grip on reality from those around her, especially her successful yet neglectful husband, Ugo. Ugo's old pal, Corrado, shows up in town on a business trip and is more sensitive to Giuliana's anxieties. They begin an affair, but it does little to quell Giuliana's existential fears, and her mental state rapidly deteriorates.
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Rockatansky
The strongest, most incongruous colour here is, as the title suggests, red, which Antonioni deploys to charged, disorienting effect.
kkl10
In Red Desert, we watch a perverse exploitation of feelings and expectations orchestrated, deliberately or not, by Giuliana with almost all the characters who interact with her, especially Corrado.


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