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.
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Zabriskie Point colonizes a place and time. I thought these kids were heroic when I was a kid. They are actually pretty despicable. I find it very unlikely that American radio in 1970 would play John Fahey's "Dance of Death." In the end the movie feels like something divined, inevitable, discovered sitting there waiting in Southern California, and almost sorta perfect.
Cinematography by Alfio Contini. "Desire" list. I haven't seen Francesco Rosi's "Uomini contro", so this is the film that brought me closer to Mark Frechette, a comet that crossed the cinema to die a little later, like a possible character of the counterculture, that this film so well registered and represents. But the approach is definitive: with Clémenti, no other man incarnated it as well, and so beautifully.
Antonioni at his best is on a whole different level, and this film falls under that distinction. The shot design is, of course, perfect, characters often juxtaposed against giant advertisements in LA or towering desert mountains. The acting is not the best but it doesn't detract too much from Antonioni's strong sense of visual purpose. Worth your time.
Perhaps the best "bad" movie I've ever seen. The acting is just as strange as MA's other films, and the script has a wonderful sense of the American language, in all its flatness and peculiarity. Not to mention that this may be one of the most visually dazzling films ever made - there are shots in this film so dazzling (from a technical level alone) that you wonder how they could have ever been managed.
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)
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.
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.
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.