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Red Desert

Il deserto rosso

Italy, France, 1964


A depressed wife disturbs those around her with her erratic emotions. However, everyone finds it easier to go on as though all is well. A British engineer thinks he knows what she needs when enters an illicit affair with her.

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Red Desert Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
The mask represents Vitti’s undeviating purpose. Her capacity to express desire is rationed. What makes Vitti’s performance poignant is how she shows emotional migration — a resettlement of the self — by using her face and her body to undermine the film’s controls.
July 18, 2018
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Despite his reputation as some sort of hyper-modernist scold, Antonioni clearly finds something beautiful, almost sensuous in this milieu — otherworldly and enrapturing. Indeed, his films can never be reduced to simple laments for the spiritual pollution of the world. What makes the movies so unsettling is that they resist such easy meanings.
August 15, 2017
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One sees the first discernible instance of not only Di Palma’s distinct filmic imprint, notably his keen ability to imaginatively render the deepest of emotional states, but also how cohesively he and a respective director could work in tandem to a common thematic and stylistic aim. Although it took some convincing to get Antonioni to agree to color (Di Palma conducted tests to make his case), the already legendary filmmaker acquiesced and Di Palma knew the venture would be something special.
July 28, 2017
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