This was after the huge success of 'Blow Up'. He decided to use non-actors, and he chose poorly. He didn't offer much direction, as Nicholson would complain later during 'The Passenger'. He had big ideas about what America was, but it all ended up in nihilism. Somehow this movie made it into the top 1000 movies of all time.
(...) In Zabriskie Point aber erheben sie ihre Stimmen - und klingen leer. Die Schauspieler agieren nicht miteinander. Sie führen narzistische Selbstgespräche. Der Held aus Zabriskie Point hält eine radikale Rede aus dem Stehgreif (ohne jede Motivation) und beschliesst anschliessend, persönlich einzugreifen (ohne jede Motivation).(...)
An insane, wild experience full of striking images and titillating moments. No matter who you stack Antonioni's oeuvre up against, he consistently has the most thought-provoking and unforgettable endings. Zabriskie Point is no exception, it's just unfortunate that I couldn't connect with the majority of the film. The film is a fascinating time-capsule of the late 1960's but it offers up little more than that. Trippy.