by Gary Morris
Red Desert occupies a curious place in Antonioni’s canon. Made in 1964 as a French-Italian coproduction, it’s wedged between the international success of Blow Up (1967) and the trilogy of L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L’Eclisee (1962), which most observers consider the director’s greatest achievement. Like those latter films, it featured Monica Vitti as a modern woman confronted by a spiritually bereft world of shallow relationships, beautiful but meaningless landscapes, and existential angst.
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