Matthew-I would have to with the same 5 as you. Never having seen Red Desert and disliking Zabriskie Point.
1. THE PASSENGER
2. RED DESERT
3-5. the triology
tied for 6th: IL GRIDO and BLOW-UP
Identifiation of a Woman
2. La Notte
2. L’avventura (tie)
4. Red Desert
The others I’ve seen are “Blow Up” and “Zabriskie Point”. I’m not a “Blow Up” fan. I enjoy “ZP” more, even though BU is a better film. Passenger is a distant 5th place. The tetralogy is where he was at the top of his game; they are very comparable in quality. Red Desert is a tiny bit less because he got a bit too caught up in the color aspect but it’s still great.
and Identification of a woman.
1. La Notte
3. The Passenger
5. Unsure right now
Identification of a Woman
Antonioni’s Red Desert is everything that epitomizes the man. Sure, his trilogy is very popular, not to mention his English-speaking films, but the Red Desert is just classic (my pick for one of the best films of all time) and applicable to us all.
Of course, this is the film which many cinephiles believe secures the viewpoint that Antonioni’s films were purely concerned with isolation and the wickedness of industry (the film contains terrifying imagery relating to this if one takes this stance), but (as voiced by Antonioni himself) one can clearly (well perhaps not too clearly) see that it is a film more concerned with the desolation of the human soul in the wake of technological development. It is through this conflict that human endeavour is symbolized and, I believe, is a truly uplifting conclusion that really contradicts many critics’ stance on Antonioni’s supposed “hopeless, self-possessed characters”. It’s really the only Antonioni film I can recommend as a masterpiece.
1. THE PASSENGER – one of my favorite films of all time. I think Antonioni’s themes and style came together the most perfectly in this 70s existential thriller format.
2. L’ ECCLISE- such an strange, richly etheral film, almost seems sci-fi like to me in its eeriness and otherworldliness. Maybe its that Kubrick-like weird modernist music at the beginning and end.
4. RED DESERT – I saw this one on a really shitty bootleg DVD a little while back, and didn’t really “get it”. Not sure if I really liked it or not, but I put it here because its the only other one I have seen, besides BLOW-UP,which I sadly disliked. I’m waiting for Criterion or someone to give RED DESERT a decent DVD release before I give it another chance. I still need to see LA NOTTE as well, which I also wish Criterion would do. ZABRIESKI POINT looks kind of dated and dumb, but I’ll give it a chance sometime.
Does he even have any other films? I’m unaware of any later ones, or earlier ones for that matter.
I highly recommend Il Grido, if you haven’t seen it. There’s also Zabriskie Point but I’m not a huge fan of it so I can’t really recommend it.
Is Il Grido an early one from before L’Aventura? I’m pretty sure he has 2 or 3 films before that, but I don’t know their names or anything about them.
Red Desert – the most overlooked masterpiece of the 1960’s, if you ask me.
5.I Vinti (the british section is pure genius)
1.Il Deserto Rosso(1964)
8.Identification of a Woman(1982)
Still have to see: Beyond the Clouds, The Mystery of Oberwald, some 50s Neo-Realist films of his (Too lazy to search which ones) and his documentary on China which was released on DVD this year I guess.