Il deserto rosso / Red Desert (1964) DVD9 Criterion Collection
A suicidal housewife in a provincial industrial town wanders around trying to make sense of her depressed life, entering a reluctant affair with a friend of her husband’s. Intriguing existentialist melodrama that resolves itself in a series of strikingly photographed, painterly tableaux.

Michelangelo Antonioni's The Red Desert was his first feature in color, where he creatively used a unique palette of expressive earth tone hues to film the effects of fog, pollution and the shadowy bleak landscape. The director who is at the peak of his career after his acclaimed trilogy, which is noted above, makes an eerie connection in The Red Desert with the restless soul of the neurotic heroine yearning for love and meaning in her life to the shots of the inhospitable industrial wasteland where she dwells.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:57:12 | 7.71 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti
Country: Italy, France

-- Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs
-- Archival interviews with director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti
-- Two short documentaries by Antonioni: Gente del Po, about a barge trip down the Po River, and N.U. about urban street cleaners
-- Dailies from the original production
-- Theatrical trailer

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