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Il deserto rosso (1964)

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In an industrial area, Giuliana, an unstable woman, attempts to cope with life by starting an affair with a co-worker at the plant her husband manages.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Vitti ... Giuliana
Richard Harris ... Corrado Zeller
Carlo Chionetti Carlo Chionetti ... Ugo
Xenia Valderi ... Linda
Rita Renoir Rita Renoir ... Emilia
Lili Rheims Lili Rheims ... Telescope operator's wife
Aldo Grotti Aldo Grotti ... Max
Valerio Bartoleschi Valerio Bartoleschi ... Valerio - Giuliana's son
Emanuela Pala Carboni Emanuela Pala Carboni ... Girl in fable
Bruno Borghi Bruno Borghi
Beppe Conti Beppe Conti
Giulio Cotignoli Giulio Cotignoli
Giovanni Lolli Giovanni Lolli
Hiram Mino Madonia Hiram Mino Madonia
Giuliano Missirini Giuliano Missirini ... Radio telescope operator
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Storyline

In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to Ugo the manager of a local plant but is soon having an affair with one of his co-workers, Corrado Zeller, who is visiting. Giuliana is unstable, not quite knowing anymore just what her role is, whether that be a wife, a mother or just another person. Her escape from life is short-lived however as Zeller is simply using her to satisfy his own needs and desires. Written by garykmcd

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Winner - Golden Lion Award Best Picture 1964 Venice Film Festival See more »

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Country:

Italy | France

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Italian | Turkish

Release Date:

27 January 1966 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Rode woestijn See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first of three collaborations between Cinematographer Carlo Di Palma and Michelangelo Antonioni. See more »

Quotes

Giuliana: If I were to leave never to return, I'd take you with me too. You're part of me now. I mean, part of everything around me.
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A restored version has been released in 1999, edited by Vincenzo Verzini. See more »

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5 April 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

If I could, I would deify this film. What most impresses me about a film is exhibited here to the utmost: mood. After this film is done, I feel completely destroyed. If you did not feel alienated from the world around you when you started, you will be by the end. If you were feeling alienated when you started, then you may just be contemplating suicide when the film ends. This mood is absolutely crushing. It affects me more than any other film, with some exceptions that are equal with it - 2001, Persona, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and maybe a couple of others that I can't think of offhand. Red Desert is a perfect film. If anything else, at least one must be able to appreciate the masterful visual composition. If you're dismissing this film, you're really missing something. 10/10


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