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Red Desert

Spine #522

Jun 22, 2010

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Italian PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Red Desert

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Directed By: Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris
Licensor: Intramovies

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Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, remains one of his greatest. 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 exert force over viewers. With one startling, painterly composition after another-of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, overwhelming docked ships-Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema's preeminent poet of the modern age.

  • Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs
  • Archival video interviews with director Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti
  • Outtakes from the film's production
  • Original theatrical trailer


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