Red Desert [1964] [Criterion] (BLU)

Michelangelo Antonioni

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Synopsis

In Italian with English subtitles.    New, restored high-definition digital transfer and uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition.

 

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 (L'avventura), 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 (This Sporting Life) - 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 522

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs
  • Archival video interviews with Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti
  • Outtakes from the film's production
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Mark Le Fanu, an interview with Antonioni by Jean-Luc Godard and a reprinted essay by Antonioni on his use of color
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