Red Desert: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1964) / Region 1
Red Desert: The Criterion Collection

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Red Desert: The Criterion Collection

Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, remains one of his greatest. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age - about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband's coworker, played by Richard Harris - continues to exert f-rce over viewers. With one startling, painterly composition after another - of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, overwhelming docked ships - Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema's preeminent poet of the modern age.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 29 2010
  • Production Year 1964
  • Empire SKU 1526352
  • UPC Code 715515058117
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio Commentary By Italian Film Scholar David Forgacs
Archival Interviews With Director Michelangelo Antonioni And Actress Monica Vitti
Two Short Documentaries By Antonionio Gente Del Po, About A Barge Trip Down The Po River, And N.U., About Urban Street Cleaner
Dailies From The Original Production
Theatrical Trailer
A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Writer Mark Le Fanu, A Reprinted Interview With Antonioni Conducted By Jean-Luc Godard, And Writing By Antonioni On Gente Del Po And N.U.


  • Audio
    Italian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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