Eager to capitalize on the booming counterculture youth market, MGM poured $7 million into the film—an extravagant figure for that time and nearly five times what Antonioni spent to make Blow-Up. Scored to the music of Pink Floyd and Jerry Garcia, a handsome rebel and a young woman embark on a strange journey amid the stark and beautiful imagery of Death Valley. –AFI
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)… —IMDb
Michelangelo Antonioni once described his work as “archeological research” which sifted through “the arid remains of our times”. If Fellini claimed to treat the past as science fiction, Antonioni gazed deeply into the future already visible in the present (L’Eclisse) or a past which uneasily hung onto a present that had outlived it (L’Avventura). Born in an upper-middle class family in Ferrara in 1912; Antonioni studied economics at the University of Bologna, where he staged works by Luigi Pirandello as well as original work written by himself. Antonioni’s time as a film critic for the Roman Cinema magazine brought him in contact with Cesare Zavattini, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and others. For Rossellini, he would co-write Un pilota ritorna and with Fellini, he collaborated on the screenplay of his first feature The White Shiek.
Antonioni, however, yearned to begin his own career in film. To this end, he enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinemografia… read more
I took this as Antonioni flipping off America, which I’m fine with. The film is beautiful to look at. The acting is bad, I think that was on purpose, I don’t think Antonioni wanted good actors, he wanted bad actors to display the US as a country full of fakes - which it is. The ending, the blowing up of capitalism is great, and the desert orgy, I feel was commenting that the idea of free love is a waste of activity.
Zabriskie è un meraviglioso film, con una storia semplice che parla di cose complesse.Una favola,un sogno,un'utopia che si snoda attraverso paesaggi di una bellezza lacerante, accompagnata da una colonna sonora magnifica.Il sogno impossibile di chi vuole fuggire dal denaro,dal consumismo,dal potere, e lo può annientare solo con l'immaginazione. Antonioni firma un'opera grandiosa,struggente,poetica e senza tempo.5*
A look at posters in which actors are absent and the title treatment is king.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point” (ZP) – Sociology of American Humanism and Anti-humanism through Reflective Visual Images… read review