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Red Desert Details

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 2012

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Michelangelo Antonioni Golden Lion 1964 Winner

Cast

Monica Vitti
as Giuliana
Richard Harris
as Corrado Zeller
Carlo Chionetti
as Ugo
Xenia Valderi
as Linda
Rita Renoir
as Emilia
Aldo Grotti
as Max
Lili Rheims
as Workman's Wife
Bruno Borghi
Beppe Conti
Giuliano Missirini
as Workman
Bruno Scipioni

Crew

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