Michelangelo Antonioni’s RED DESERT


Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Wed, Mar 27 7:30 PM


Women of Italian Cinema - Co-Presented by The Center for Italian Studies, Stony Brook University
Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring Monica Vitti

Wednesday, March 27th at 7:30pm
35mm Screening!
Introduction by Giuseppe Gazzola, Stony Brook University

$16 Public | $10 Members

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age—about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband’s coworker, played by Richard Harris—continues to keep viewers spellbound. With one startling, painterly composition after another—of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, looming docked ships—Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age. (Italy, 1964, 117 min., color, 35mm)