Red Desert

Red Desert

Available on HBO Max
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.
Starring Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti
Director Michelangelo Antonioni