Red Desert
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Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso) once more combines the considerable talents of director Michelangelo Antonioni and star Monica Vitti. Cast as Giuliana, an unhappy wife, Vitti suffers from an unnamed form of depression and malaise. Her quicksilver emotional shifts disturb everyone around her, but they, like she, pretend that nothing is truly wrong. British engineer Corrado Zeller (Richard Harris) seems to understand what Giuliana is really after in life, and he acts upon it by entering into an affair with the troubled woman. Giuliana eventually comes to terms with her physical and mental pain,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Swoon, ye 21st-century philistines, before the cataract of existential glamour that is Antonioni's Il deserto rosso,"
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Perhaps the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni's entire career; and correspondingly impossible to synopsise."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It seems fitting that every frame should be rich with sorrow."
‑ Emma Simmonds, The List
"Almost half a century on, Red Desert remains a film of rare beauty and brooding erotic intensity."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Thematically, Red Desert is a distillation of Antonioni's preferred themes and imagery: alienation, anxiety, modern life, and industrialized landscapes."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"The film's most spellbinding sequence depicts a pantheistic, utopian fantasy of innocence, which she recounts to her ailing son."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This flawed masterpiece is a political film, anger seething beneath the seductively beautiful surface, and a contrast to the surrounding devastation is provided by a simple fable told to a small boy by his mother."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A strikingly original, melancholy work executed with painterly precision and still one of the more underrated films from this innovative director."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Red Desert is Antonioni's clearest, most striking statement of purpose - and one of cinema's great films."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Little White Lies
"The effect is perhaps even more astounding than in his black and white films. Now, more so than using just shapes and spaces, Antonioni now gets to play with bright colors, and lack of colors."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Red Desert is at once the most beautiful, the most simple and the most daring film yet made by Italy's masterful Michelangelo Antonioni."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Antonioni's sense of design and how the environment inevitably influences his characters is masterly."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"What a mysterious film it is, with much to perplex and even exasperate, but much to fascinate as well."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A stunningly beautiful and evocative use of colour and setting."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"a multi-layered treasure that offers much, but never easily"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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