Saturday, January 4, 2014

423. Il Deserto Rosso

Il Deserto Rosso
The Red Desert
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

This is a film that I really thought I would be able to connect to since I have suffered from depression and I understand what it feels like.  However, this film was dull, absolutely nothing happens, and the dialogue seemed forced and bordered on corny.

Monica Vitti (who bears a remarkable resemblance to Jennifer Lawrence) plays Giulania, a woman who has not been quite right since she was in a car accident. Dumbledore Richard Harris' character, Corrado, falls in love with her, even though (or maybe because) she buys half eaten sandwiches from strangers.  When a beautiful woman is depressed, she is mysterious and intriguing.  When an average looking woman is depressed, she is crazy and frightening.  But whatever, in this case she is hot so it doesn't matter.

This is my fourth Antonioni experience and I have to say that it is getting kind of exhausting.  I feel like he is very indulgent and self absorbed.  It's like he doesn't care if the viewer understands or connects to his film, because he connects to it.  Well, that is just rude and incredibly boring, Michelangelo.

Like I said, the dialogue feels unnatural and the characters' actions (particularly Giulania's son's) are completely baffling.  Thumbs down.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Allegedly, Harris was kicked off the set after punching Antonioni in the face.  The rest of his scenes were done with a different actor.

Antonioni's first color film.


  1. I love the interesting facts addition! Great stuff!

  2. I think I liked this one a bit more than you did.. but i fully accept all your points.
    Very astute observation about women with depression in films ... very sharp and accurate.
    How is the Sherlock wait going? I don't want to say anything, but I will await a comment from you when you see them...

    1. Thank you very much Ray!

      I got too excited and couldn't wait anymore so I watched them online. I teared up at the wedding. I can't believe the series is over already!

  3. Yeah, great anecdote about Richard Harris. Sometimes I feel like punching that man's face.
    I generally like Antonioni's films better than you, but the only think I got out of this one was the excellent use of colors.
    Giuliana is suffering more than just depression. It looks like scizophrenia.