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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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Turkish

Release Date:

8 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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: If I were to leave never to return, I'd take you with me too. You're part of me now. I mean, part of everything around me.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials (1965) See more »

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Does everybody have a film that is their template for how they view 'reality'?
2 February 2007 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I first saw this remarkable movie when I was about eighteen/nineteen, when it first showed in London. At the time I was blown away and must have bored people at parties for ages telling them it was the greatest film ever made and that they should all see it. As now I was less able to give a particularly coherent reason why they would enjoy it but could only pass on my enthusiasm. Watching it again today, it is not only amazing how much I remembered (not at all common for me) or that I still found it captivating and all involving but something else. Many have spoken of the use of colour and sound and referred to the polluting factories and the grey wasteland but what struck me was that the profound and lasting affect it had clearly had upon me. As I watched the film unfold with the juxtaposition of trees, wasteland and alienated characters, I saw before me the template for the way I still tend to view life and most certainly take photographs. For what it is worth then, this film appears to have been the very basis for the way I see the world. An astonishing claim and it has made me wonder at the power of cinema itself. Does everybody have a film that is their template for how they view 'reality'?


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