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Red Desert (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on July 4, 2010

I don’t know how I feel about this anymore.  I think it’s a profound statement on alienation in an industrialized world, with absolutely beautiful cinematography and brilliant use of color.  But there’s something about Antonioni I find very hard to watch.  While I admire what he does (especially in this work), it’s difficult to get immersed in films that embody so much emptiness.  And this emptiness, in combination with the slow pacing and lack of humor, just makes you feel dead inside.  Which is a valid and provocative emotional reaction, but not one you want to experience very often.  I think very highly of this film, but I don’t want to keep it.  Rating: 9


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