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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Monica Vitti
Richard Harris
Carlo Chionetti
Directors
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni
Tonino Guerra
Running Time
117 minutes

Red Desert
Antonioni's 1964 modern-life-is-rubbish treatise


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Red Desert

Plot
Giuliana (Vitti) is the unhappy wife of Ugo (Chionetti) and suffers from an unnamed form of depression. Her erratic emotional shifts disturb everyone around her, but no-one engages directly with the problem. When British engineer Corrado Zeller (Harris) arrives, he seems to understand what Giuliana is really after in life, and he begins an affair with the troubled woman.


Verdict
A stunningly beautiful and evocative use of colour and setting.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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