The Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso)

The Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso)
  • 1964
  • Italy
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michaelangelo Antonioni
  • Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti
  • UK release: 27 July 2012

A woman who has recently suffered a nervous breakdown begins a tentative affair with a friend of her husband. Antonioni uses muted colours and an industrial landscape to magnificent effect, as Vitti's fraught heroine becomes dislocated and menaced by her surroundings. A masterpiece of cinema as art.

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Revisiting: Red Desert

27 Jul 20125 stars

BFI re-release of Michelangelo Antonioni's exquisite 60s film

In 1964 cinematic maestro Michelangelo Antonioni directed his first colour film, the exquisitely expressive, elegantly tortured Red Desert. To mark the 100th anniversary of Antonioni’s birth the BFI are reissuing the film, restored to something of its…

Seminal Souls - Antonioni and Bergman in the 21st century

26 Apr 2012

A look at the significance of Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman

Dying within twenty four hours of each other, the demise of two great filmmakers in 2007 was clearly a loss, but though Ingmar Bergman came out of retirement to make Saraband in 2002, and Antonioni made one feature, Beyond the Clouds (and a later short…

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