Red Desert [Il deserto rosso]

Rome: Film Duemila, 1964. Vintage oversize photograph of Monica Vitti on the set of the 1964 film. Agency stamps and holograph annotations on the verso, and press demarcation tape and holograph annotations (on the tape) on the recto.

Antonioni's first color film, and the last in a quartet of films made between 1959 and 1964 about women in modern culture (preceded by "L'avventura," "La notte," and L'eclisse"), and the lie of happiness and better living. This entry, very much an antecedent to Todd Haynes' "Safe" (1995), focuses on Vitti, a woman trying to survive in the modern world of cultural neurosis and existential doubt. Carlo Di Palma's cinematography remains legendary today for its stunningly colored industrial landscapes, beautifully and yet indirectly evoking Vitti's unease, alienation, and vivid perceptions.

Shot on location in Ravenna, Sardinia, and Rome, Italy.

9.5 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm). Near Fine.

BFI. Criterion Collection 522. Godard, Histoires du cinema. Rosenbaum 1000.


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