Red Desert: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1964) / Region A
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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 (L'avventura), 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 (This Sporting Life) - 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.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 29 2010
  • Production Year 1964
  • Empire SKU 1526354
  • UPC Code 715515058216
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs
Archival interviews with director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti
2 Short Documentaries
Dailies from the original production
Theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu

Audio/Video

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

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