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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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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

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


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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.


Review
Red Desert
Antonioni's 1964 modern-life-is-rubbish treatise sees Monica Vitti mope around a grim industrial landscape, misunderstood by her husband (Carlo Chionetti), courted by his colleague (Richard Harris). A tough gig, but beautiful in its stunning use of colour and locale.


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


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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