Red Desert
Red Desert (1964)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 8, 1964
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Michelangelo Antonioni's first film in color, from 1964, is his most mysterious and awe-inspiring work.

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TIME Magazine

Red Desert is at once the most beautiful, the most simple and the most daring film yet made by Italy's masterful Michelangelo Antonioni.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Swoon, ye 21st-century philistines, before the cataract of existential glamour that is Antonioni's Il deserto rosso,

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Perhaps the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni's entire career; and correspondingly impossible to synopsise.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Antonioni's sense of design and how the environment inevitably influences his characters is masterly.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film's most spellbinding sequence depicts a pantheistic, utopian fantasy of innocence, which she recounts to her ailing son.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Brilliant film with remarkable photography, color and originality.

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Emma Simmonds
The List

It seems fitting that every frame should be rich with sorrow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Antonioni impresses us with his stunning use of color (as well as his mise-en-scène, as usual, and in his first film in color, no less) to create meaning and… More
Eric Broome
Well, no one can accuse this film of having too much plot. But the lead actors are charismatic, and the landscapes are striking. Really, it's more of a… More
Reid Volk
Being Antonioni's first color film, one cannot help be stirred by his masterful use of it. By muting colors with filters-and of course with a little help… More
Chris Browning
A very strange and somewhat hard to follow film but one that has a atmospheric and appropriate setting. You feel a sense of despair that the environment and… More
Stefanie C
Absolutely stunning! Environmental composition, landscape, and color have never been used so effectively to convey state of mind. The industrial climate is an… More
Linda K. T.
Use of color and electronic sound create the perfect state of mind of the disturbed woman.