At Zabriskie Point, United States' lowest point, two perfect strangers meet; an undergraduate dreamer and a young hippie student who start off an unrestrained romance, making love on the dusty terrain.
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An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who's wanted by the authorities for allegedly killing a policeman during a student riot)...Written by
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Harrison Ford fans know his scenes were cut from this film. However, in the jail scene, if you look closely you can see him standing against the back wall near the door. See more »
Zabriskie Point, in Death Valley National Park (California, USA) is not actually the lowest-elevation point in the United States. That would be Badwater Basin, at a depth of 282 feet below sea level, which is also located in Death Valley National Park about 20 miles away. See more »
[reading the information marker at "Zabriskie Point"]
"This is an area of ancient lake beds deposited five to ten million years ago. These beds have been tilted and pushed upward by Earth forces, and eroded by wind and water. They contain borates and gypsum." Borates and gypsum?
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MGM president Louis F. Polk was so worried about the controversy surrounding the film, particularly the threat of an X rating, that he invoked the studio's right to the final cut and ordered Antonioni to eliminate anything that might be potentially controversial. Thus, the riots, the love-ins, and numerous other scenes and fragments of scenes were removed, leaving only seventy minutes. The film was deemed unreleasable and written off as a loss but was saved when Polk was replaced by James T. Aubrey, who thought highly of the film and restored (nearly) all of the cut scenes. See more »
This film could never succeed, critically or with a popular audience--a great shame.
The movie presents a view of the United States that only a foreigner could have. Sadly, foreigners can't relate to it and persons from the United States cannot believe it. The movie is, therefore, caught in limbo without an audience. Reviews of the film tend to reflect this.
I have lived away from the US for 30 years and can now pretend to be able to understand what Antonioni was wanting to achieve. My view is that he has excelled. The film is a stunning indictment of the United States and, tragically, I see no remediation in the 29 years since it was first released.
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