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Red Desert (1964)

Il deserto rosso (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 8 February 1965 (USA)
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In an industrial area, Giuliana, an unstable woman, attempts to cope with life by starting an affair with a co-worker at the plant her husband manages.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Vitti ... Giuliana
Richard Harris ... Corrado Zeller
Carlo Chionetti Carlo Chionetti ... Ugo
Xenia Valderi ... Linda
Rita Renoir Rita Renoir ... Emilia
Lili Rheims Lili Rheims ... Telescope operator's wife
Aldo Grotti Aldo Grotti ... Max
Valerio Bartoleschi Valerio Bartoleschi ... Valerio - Giuliana's son
Emanuela Pala Carboni Emanuela Pala Carboni ... Girl in fable
Bruno Borghi Bruno Borghi
Beppe Conti Beppe Conti
Giulio Cotignoli Giulio Cotignoli
Giovanni Lolli Giovanni Lolli
Hiram Mino Madonia Hiram Mino Madonia
Giuliano Missirini Giuliano Missirini ... Radio telescope operator
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Storyline

In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to Ugo the manager of a local plant but is soon having an affair with one of his co-workers, Corrado Zeller, who is visiting. Giuliana is unstable, not quite knowing anymore just what her role is, whether that be a wife, a mother or just another person. Her escape from life is short-lived however as Zeller is simply using her to satisfy his own needs and desires. Written by garykmcd

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A neurotic female is unlike any other animal! This is the story of such a woman...her hidden thirsts and hungers...told by the world-famous director MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI in his first color film See more »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Turkish

Release Date:

8 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Desert See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ever the perfectionist, Michelangelo Antonioni had the natural landscape painted and smoke tinted yellow to "reinforce the sense of desolation, of death". See more »

Quotes

Giuliana: Everything was singing. Everything.
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Alternate Versions

A restored version has been released in 1999, edited by Vincenzo Verzini. See more »

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Colour, light, vision, motion
8 July 1999 | by cwittSee all my reviews

Thirty-five years later, this film is amazing for many reasons, mostly perhaps for Antonioni's daring, bold, unique and amazing sense of colour. Great performances all around, great camera work, soundtrack - it's perfect. The theme is one that Antonioni has explored since his very first film: emotional, physical and historical alienation. Those who know the work of the artist Giorgio Morandi will find many similarities in the colour schemes and how Antonioni frames each shot. A rewarding, astonishing and visionary film in every sense.


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