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Red Desert

Michelangelo Antonioni

 
Red Desert (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy, France
  • 1964
  • 117 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #522

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age—about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband’s coworker, played by Richard Harris—continues to keep viewers spellbound. With one startling, painterly composition after another—of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, looming docked ships—Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 N.U. about urban street cleaners
  • Dailies from the original production
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu, a reprinted interview with Antonioni conducted by Jean-Luc Godard, and writings by Antonioni on Gente del Po and N.U.

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Red Desert: In This World

By Mark Le Fanu June 21, 2010

A new man is being born, fraught with all the fears and terrors and stammerings that are associated with a period of gestation. —Michelangelo Antonioni Red Desert came out in 1964, almost twenty . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Photo Galleries

Antonioni’s Face

June 11, 2014


Big Screen


Photo Galleries


Three Reasons


Clippings

After Antonioni

March 18, 2011

British author and film critic Chris Darke has written an engaging and insightful piece forSight & Sound in which he assesses the critical and artistic landscape surrounding Michelangelo . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Red Desert

July 15, 2010

In his five-star review ofCriterion’snew DVD and Blu-ray special editions of Michelangelo Antonioni’sRed Desert, Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf muses about the unmistakable impactAntonioni’ . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Red Desert: In This World

By Mark Le Fanu June 21, 2010

A new man is being born, fraught with all the fears and terrors and stammerings that are associated with a period of gestation. —Michelangelo Antonioni Red Desert came out in 1964, almost twenty . . . Read more »


Clippings

Profondo Rosso

April 06, 2010

Many things set Red Desert apart from Michelangelo Antonioni’s other early sixties portraits of spiritual and social alienation (its focus on industry and environmental toxicity, for one), but . . . Read more »


On Five

Coming Soon: Two Rare Antonioni Shorts

April 02, 2010

We’re excited to tell you that we’ve officially added two early Michelangelo Antonioni documentary shorts, Gente del Po and N.U., to our upcomingrelease ofRed Desert inBlu-ray and DVD editions. . . . Read more »