That's it, then. I'm taking this film off my "to see" list.
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*
Pink Floyd's soundtracks is the only bearable part of this terrible movie.
i kinda hoped one of the desert dwelling russ meyer babes would come to kill off the two annoying leads of this movie
Counterculture never was so bewitching. After Blowup’s swinging '60s, Antonioni crosses the Atlantic to '60s America: one of youth mobilising (mirroring Godard’s La chinoise) and sexual liberation, of the clash between Main Street and the swell of alternative culture. Its wider snapshot - working class boroughs, tree-lined boulevards - integrates gun culture, corporatism, forming its latent domestic bourgeois critique. Vividly capturing a volatile zeitgeist and its distinct machina; a slice of one Americana, in one of Antonioni’s most striking.
How to be a polite hippy according to Antonioni: -DO NOT SMOKE WEED -STEAL A PLANE AND THEN RETURN IT PAINTED WITH NICE COLOURS -PRETEND TO KILL A COP BUT DON'T REALLY KILL HIM -GET SHOT WHILE DOING A GOOD DEED -MAKE AN ORGY IN THE DESERT WITH YOUR CLOTHES ON -AND FINALLY BLOW UP AMERICA WITH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND (AND IN SLOW MOTION)
A movie I love that I can't really diagree with any of the pnts of fault from its ditractors. Its flawed & pretenscious and silly at times but Antonioni's direction of certain scenes & his usual atmosphere combined with its time capsul qualities make me an apologist. It's hilarious that a Hollywood studio make such a communist-friendly film even for the times but I don't know which party involved to laugh at more.
The two surreal scenes (lovemaking & end of capitalism) take the film on a whole new level. Beautifully shot and directed. http://youtu.be/ResQFDDsDAI
Mostly awesome, even if it veers into unintentional comedy at times. Probably even more effective if you do a J before viewing.
Almost an identikit film made by an European director going to the United States. In other words, it's so obviously bowled over by the open spaces and ubiquitous advertising imagery of America that it's hard to take seriously as art.
Very underrated, with some eye popping visuals and a fantastic soundtrack. The explosive finale to Pink Floyd music is classic! Dont believe the Medved brothers, because while this film isnt 5 star perfect, its pretty close.
The greatest gift a director can impart to the viewer is simply his or her unique way of looking at the world, their "eye." And Antonioni had an unbelievable eye, like no filmmaker before or since. It's Antonioni's keen sense for pure, abstract cinematic beauty and compositional perfection that help to make the much-maligned ZABRISKIE POINT a truly indelible film, one that should be cherished despite its flaws.
I have to admit, I came into this film expecting all the things people have complaints about it, and I walked away really enjoying most of it. Yes, the dialogue is somewhat awkward, the acting rather terrible, but as Antonioni is more a man of Images and Ideas over all else I found much to ponder. Unfortunately all I can find are people whining about how horrible this movie is and few wanting to really delve in.
The slow motion explosion apocalyptic finale scored to Pink Floyd is the keeper.
Is Antonioni the most pretentious or brilliant filmmaker of the 20th century? I am definitely leaning toward the brilliant side but I can see why so many despise or just don't get his films. Like Godard you can easily go through long passages of his films bored to tears. But if you work with him and don't expect the film to think for you or even be entertained to much you will be rewarded.
people say all kinds of bad stuff about zabriskie point, but to me at least it is not a caricature or a spoof, it thinks... it breathes... it's like the trailer says, "how you get there depends on where you're at."