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Il deserto rosso
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Release Date:
8 February 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This is the story of a woman...Her hidden thirsts and hungers...Told by the world-famous director Michelangelo Antonioni in his first color film.
Plot:
Cold, rain, and fog surround a plant in Ravenna. Factory waste pollutes local lakes; hulking anonymous ships pass or dock and raise quarantine flags... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Monica Vitti ... Giuliana

Richard Harris ... Corrado Zeller
Carlo Chionetti ... Ugo
Xenia Valderi ... Linda
Rita Renoir ... Emilia
Lili Rheims ... Telescope operator's wife
Aldo Grotti ... Max
Valerio Bartoleschi ... Giuliana's son
Emanuela Paola Carboni ... Girl in fable
Bruno Borghi
Beppe Conti
Julio Cotignoli
Giovanni Lolli
Hiram Mino Madonia
Giuliano Missirini ... Radio telescope operator
Arturo Parmiani
Carla Ravasi
Ivo Scherpiani
Bruno Scipioni
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Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni 
 
Writing credits
Michelangelo Antonioni  &
Tonino Guerra 

Produced by
Tonino Cervi .... producer (as Antonio Cervi)
Angelo Rizzoli .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Giovanni Fusco 
Vittorio Gelmetti (electronic music)
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma 
 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Poletto 
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ugo Tucci .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director
Flavio Niccolini .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sergio Donà .... property master
 
Sound Department
Mario Bramonti .... boom operator
Renato Cadueri .... sound assistant
Claudio Maielli .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Franco Freda .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianni Antinori .... second assistant camera
Claudio Cortini .... still photographer
Dario Di Palma .... camera operator
Romolo Romagnoli .... key grip
Elmiro Rubeo .... gaffer
Alberto Spagnoli .... first assistant camera
Sergio Strizzi .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paola Carloni .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist
Marisa Mengoli .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Vittorio Gelmetti .... composer: electronic music
Carlo Savina .... musical director
 
Other crew
Serena Canevari .... script supervisor
Dino Di Salvo .... production auditor
Eros Lanfranconi .... production secretary
Rodolfo Martello .... production auditor
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Richard Harris (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il deserto rosso" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2012) | UK:15 (video rating) (1995) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Richard Harris agreed to star in Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965) in December 1963 whilst still in the middle of making this film. Harris walked off Michelangelo Antonioni's film as it went further behind schedule to ensure that he did not miss Major Dundee's start date of 5 February 1964. Harris said that Red Desert (1964) had to be completed without him and a double was used for his character in some of the long shots.See more »
Quotes:
Giuliana:I feel my eyes tearing up. What should I do with my eyes? What should I watch?
Corrado Zeller:You ask what you should watch. I ask how I should live. It's the same thing.
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Red Desert, 21 September 2010
Author: Ted from United States

Red Desert is a beautifully shot film about that ever-modern problem of alienation in the face of progress. Michelangelo Antonioni is as interested in obscuring images as he is capturing them: he periodically drifts his action out of focus, and in one of the film's most masterful scenes, places a dense layer of fog between his principals and his camera, fading them into just barely visible silhouettes. Antonioni also demonstrates a masterful command of color: his stark yellows and reds jump out from his gloomy grey world with all the menace of a poisonous animal. As the film reaches its climax, it becomes increasingly dissonant and disorienting--in all the best ways, of course. Red Desert is a great film; it captures the common angst of modernity with an uncommon mastery of Mise-en-scène and cinematography.

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