Monday Night Movies: Red Desert

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Monday Night Movies: Origins
All screenings in 35mm at the Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street

Presenting sponsors: Colby Cinema Studies and Center for the Arts and Humanities

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. 1964. Unrated. In Italian with English subtitles. 117 Min.

Sponsored by Colby Department of French and Italian

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