Il Deserto Rosso

Red Desert

(Italy/France, 1964, 117 minutes)

A suicidal housewife in a provincial industrial town wanders around trying to make sense of her depressed life, entering a reluctant affair with a friend of her husband’s. Intriguing existentialist melodrama that resolves itself in a series of strikingly photographed, painterly tableaux (it was the director’s first experience with colour).

A Film Duemila/Cinematografica Federiz/Francoriz production. Starring Monica Vitti, Richard Harris; with Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir, Lili Rheims, Aldo Grotti, Valerio Bartoleschi, Emmanuela Pala Carboni. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni; produced by Antonio Cervi; story and screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra; music by Giovanni Fusco; electronic music composed by Vittorio Gelmetti; director of photography, Carlo di Palma; production designer, Piero Poletto; costume designer, Gitt Magrini; film editor, Eraldo da Roma.


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