The Red Desert

The Red Desert

Antonioni's mid-career masterpiece - his first film in colour - tells the story of Giuliana, a young woman suffering a mental and emotional crisis and embarking tentatively on an affair. 3.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
The Red Desert

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Genre Drama
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti Monica Vitti
Studio BFI Distribution
Release Date July 2012
Running Time 117 mins
 

Antonioni's mid-career masterpiece - his first film in colour - tells the story of Giuliana, a young woman suffering a mental and emotional crisis and embarking tentatively on an affair.

Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Antonioni boldly counters the picturesque view of sunny, happy Italy. With its long takes and strange, electronic music, it looks eerily like a sci-fi movie, set on an alien world, an interplanetary colonial outpost, where sensitive earthlings have to swallow their distaste for their surroundings and think about the profits: this is a film to set alongside Alphaville or Solaris.

26/07/2012

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Empire Magazine

Ian Freer

A tough gig, but beautiful in its stunning use of colour and locale.

24/07/2012

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

If Richard Harris, as the mining engineer, who becomes her refuge for a spell is not entirely at ease, Antonioni’s sense of design and how the environment inevitably influences his characters is masterly.

27/07/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Robbie Collin

Red Desert is like the lingering memory of a dream: whenever you try to reach out and grasp its meanings and images they slip tantalisingly back into the darkness.

26/07/2012

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Red Desert is about the suffering of those who can’t make the leap into our cold, mechanised modern world. It has a breathtaking, otherworldly beauty – this is a landscape of steam-shrouded factories and metal giants looming from the mist. But the film hasn’t entirely escaped the ravages of time.

25/07/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The drama is another of the director’s humourless tales of alienation featuring Monica Vitti — none of which has aged well — and it gains only a touch of interest from its prescient concern with environmental damage. Yet the visual compositions are beguiling throughout.

29/07/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

This flawed masterpiece is a political film, anger seething beneath the seductively beautiful surface, and a contrast to the surrounding devastation is provided by a simple fable told to a small boy by his mother. It concerns a little girl on a pristine Mediterranean island, swimming in the clear blue sea and hearing secret music all around.

29/07/2012

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Total Film

Philip Kemp

Fans of Antonioni will appreciate his radical use of colour, his long contemplative takes and his relentless gaze at urban alienation. Non-fans may find it all a bit slow and pretentious.

23/07/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Richard Harris stands around looking extremely un-Italian.

29/07/2012

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The Independent

Geoffrey MacNab

What is never clear is why Giulana is so despondent. Antonioni implies that it's modernity itself that seems to fill her with such existential dread. The casting of Richard Harris as a mining engineer with whom she has an affair is perplexing. His distinctive voice has been poorly dubbed.

27/07/2012

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