Criterion Collection: Red Desert

Criterion Collection: Red Desert

Monica Vitti
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Cast: Monica Vitti
Monica Vitti
, Richard Harris
Richard Harris
, Carlo Chionetti
Carlo Chionetti
Michelangelo Antonioni

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Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso) once more combines the considerable talents of director Michelangelo Antonioni and star Monica Vitti. Cast as Giuliana, an unhappy wife, Vitti suffers from an unnamed form of depression and malaise. Her quicksilver emotional shifts disturb everyone around her, but they, like she, pretend that nothing is truly wrong. British engineer Corrado Zeller (Richard Harris) seems to understand what Giuliana is really after in life, and he acts upon it by entering into an affair with the troubled woman. Giuliana eventually comes to terms with her physical and mental pain, but this hardly means that she's "cured" in the conventional sense. Monica Vitti's sense of isolation is heightened by Antonioni's (and cinematographer Carlo DiPalma's) choice of colors, and especially by Carlo Savina's bizarre electronic musical score. This is a landmark movie in Antonioni's effort to portray alienated individuals in contemporary life; he places people against towering forms of technology to emphasize their smallness and lostness in the modern world of technological change.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2010
UPC: 0715515058216
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 13,051

Special Features

Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs; Archival interviews with director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti; Two short documentaries by Antonioni: gente del po, about a barge trip down the Po river, and nu about urban street cleaners; Dailies from the original production; Theatrical trailer; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu, a reprinted interview with Antonioni conducted Jean-Luc Godard, and writings by Antonioni on gente del po and nu

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Vitti Giuliana
Richard Harris Corrado Zeller
Carlo Chionetti Ugo
Xenia Valderi Linda
Rita Renoir Emilia
Aldo Grotti Max
Lili Rheims Workman's Wife
Emanuela Pala Carboni Girl in Fable
Bruno Borghi Actor
Beppe Conti Actor
Giuliano Missirini Workman
Valerio Baroleschi Valerio
Bruno Scipioni Actor

Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director,Screenwriter
Antonio Cervi Producer
Franco Freda Special Effects
Giovanni Fusco Score Composer
Vittorio Gelmetti Score Composer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Gitt Magrini Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Piero Poletto Art Director
Eraldo Da Roma Editor
Carlo Savina Musical Direction/Supervision

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