Released: 27/07/2012 Released in key citiesThe trembling lip and square jaw of Antonioni's muse Monica Vitti look somewhat out of place in this explosion of glorious Technicolour, given the director's fame for monochromatic portrayals of post-war Italy. Well overdue a re-release, Il Deserto Rosso was the last in a series which he made with Vitti, and his first triumph with a Golden Lion win at Cannes. For more information visit: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/bfi-film-releases/red-desert Buy: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/bfi-film-releases/red-desert
Guardian“Perplexing and exasperating, but fascinating as well...” The landscape is a grim, sludgy mass of churned soil and dark satanic mills, belching out smoke and flame: Antonioni boldly counters the picturesque view of sunny, happy Italy...
The Observer“Simultaneously dazzling and dull...” This flawed masterpiece is a political film, anger seething beneath the seductively beautiful surface...
The Independent“Antonioni at his most infuriating...” As an experimental film about the effect of industrialization on a sensitive woman, Red Desert works well enough, but as a piece of storytelling, it's stark and impenetrable...
Total Film “Non-fans may find it all a bit slow and pretentious...” Michelangelo Antonioni's first film in colour, dating from 1964, has his regular muse Monica Vitti as a mentally disturbed woman traipsing through a bleak industrial wasteland with young son in tow...
Empire“A stunningly beautiful and evocative use of colour and setting...” 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...
Time Out“A prophetic vision of modernity unlike any other...” 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...
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