MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ARCHIVE
FILMOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILMS
CREDITS
Italy 1964 Color 35mm 120minutes
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra
Photography
Carlo Di Palma
Music
Giovanni Fusco
Cast
Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi

IMAGES

Il Deserto Rosso

Il Deserto Rosso

Il Deserto Rosso

ABOUT THE FILM
Il Deserto Rosso
(The Red Desert)


Alienated from the starkness of the technology around her, the neurotic wife of an electronic engineer wanders bewildered through a modern industrial landscape. Antonioni colours the film in a starling and original way: deep reds and greens reflect the confused wife's neurosis, while brighter colours appear during her flights into fantasy. An intricate plot and haunting performances complete what some believe to be the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni's career.

Special Film, Venice, 1964.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre

RESOURCES
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Antonioni: ...I dyed the grass around the shed on the edge of the marsh in order to reinforce the sense of desolation, of death. The landscape had to be rendered truthfully: when the trees are dead, they have that colour.
Godard: The drama is no longer psychological, but plastic.
Antonioni: It's the same thing.
—Antonioni and Godard on the use of colour in The Red Desert (Cahiers du Cinema in English, January, 1966)



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