The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies presents Michelangelo Antonionii's masterpiece RED DESERT on 35mm celluloid. This special presentation is a Cosford Classic and will only screen Sunday March 23 at 5:30pm. The film includes an introduction and forms part of an ongoing series CINEMA CLASSICO, followed by Pasolini's MAMMA ROMA. 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.


Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.
Italy. 117minutes. 35mm Film.
1964. Color. Italian with English Subtitles.



  • Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 8:30pm