Il deserto rosso

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  • Creator Janus Films ; Angelo Rizzoli presenta ; un film di Michelangelo Antonioni ; soggetto e sceneggiatura [= story and screenplay], Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra ; e' un film di co-produzione Italo-Francese, Film Duemila Cinematografica Federiz (Roma), Franco Riz (Parigi) ; prodotto da [= produced by] Antonio Cervi ; regia di [= directed by] Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication DVD edition. [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2010.
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (39 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
  • ISBNs 1604652764, 9781604652765
  • OCLC ocn608104052
  • Credits
    • Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir, Lili Rheims, Aldo Grotti, Valerio Bartoleschi, Emanuela Paola Carboni
    • Direttore della fotografia [= director of photography], Carlo Di Palma; montaggio [= editing], Eraldo Da Roma ; musica, Giovanni Fusco ; cantata da [= sung by] Cecilia Fusco ; diretta da [= music directed by] Carlo Savina ; musica elettronica da composizioni di [= electronic music composed by], Vittorio Gelmetti ; scenografia [= production design], Piero Poletto ; costumista [= costumes], Gitt Magrini


  • Guiliana is the wife of Ugo, a plant manager in Ravenna. Recently released from the hospital after a car accident, Giuliana is in dire straits mentally, but Ugo thinks she's just hysterical. When she meets the charming Corrado, he seems sympathetic, shares her feeling of being lost, but he doesn't fully understand and his amatory advances are not what she needs. Living in the shadow of industry, surrounded by the blighted landscape of the mechanized wasteland, Guiliana faces the full horror of existential doubt alone, and modernist culture offers her no solace, comfort, or concrete prescription to alleviate her anguish.


  • Special features: Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs ; archival interviews with director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti ; short documentaries, Gente del Po and N.U. ; dailies.
  • Originally produced as an Italian/French motion picture in 1964.
  • DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono.; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for 16:9 televisions.
  • In Italian with optional subtitles in English.


  • Strike -- Need for workers -- Still not well -- Giuliana's shop -- Fears -- Medicina -- Beliefs -- Shack -- Cry -- Mistakes -- Home -- Plans for Patagonia -- Valerio -- Story about a girl -- Giuliana and Ugo -- Readjusted -- Separate -- Yellow smoke -- Color bars
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