Michelangelo Antonioni's first colour film is a landmark in cinematic history. Starring Monica Vitti as the neurotic heroine Giuliana, The Red Desert charts both her varied relationships with her young son, her husband and his colleague Corrado, played by Richard Harris, and her troubled internal life as she struggles to cope in the alternately threatening and alluring environs of Ravenna. Going to great lengths to achieve the effects he wanted, Antonioni had whole areas of the land- and city-scape painted to reflect precisely Giuliana's moods and emotions, creating an expressionist masterpiece unequalled in modern cinema.
The Red Desert
A Film by Michelangelo Antonioni