In Antonioni’s first color feature Giuliana (Vitti) is a woman who on the verge of a nervous breakdown struggles to discover meaning peace and serenity within the desolate and industrialized town where she lives. Plagued by mental anguish as the result of a past automobile accident Giuliana first seeks comfort by having an affair with one of her husband’s close friends (Harris). Ultimately left dissatisfied by the affair Giuliana returns to her wandering forever seeking solace from her angst. Additionally burdened by the illness of her only child Giuliana recedes further and further into neurotic isolation as the surrounding urban environment threatens to consume her. Critically acclaimed the world over for its brilliant cinematography Red Desert presents and unforgettable story rich with saturated color and unsurpassed symbolic imagery.
27 October 2008
Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir
Box set, PAL