The red desert

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German title The red desert
Original title Il deserto rosso
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1964
length 117 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
script Michelangelo Antonioni
Tonino Guerra
production Cervi Produzione in Rome
music Giovanni Fusco
Vittorio Gelmetti
camera Carlo di Palma
cut Eraldo Da Roma

German dubbing files

The Red Desert is a 1964 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris . The exterior shots were shot in the Italian city of Ravenna and Sardinia , the interior shots in the Incir De Paolis Studios in Rome . In the Federal Republic of Germany, the film was released for the first time on December 4, 1964.


In the midst of Ravenna's blast furnaces , silos , machine halls and port facilities , the sensitive Giuliana lives with her husband, an engineer, and their young son. The frightening environment in its purposefulness, coldness and impersonality and the inability to adapt professionally and socially to these living conditions in the same way as her husband, caused a neurosis in the young woman . Waking dreams, obsessions and the deep fear of inner emptiness put Giuliana in a desperate position. A suicide attempt (before the start of the plot) failed, Ugo faces the needs of his wife helplessly and without understanding. Only Corrado, a friend of Ugo, seems to understand her. A brief but passionate love affair with Corrado plunges Giuliana into even greater confusion.


In 1964 the film was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival .


“In his first color film, Antonioni pursues the thematic and formal approaches from“ Playing with Love ”, 1959,“ The Night ”, 1960 and“ Love 1962 ”(1961) on a new level: The crisis of meaning is radical; After the loss of religious, emotional and social ties, only the sensual surface of things remains, the poetry of which has to be learned and the "meaning" of which has to be found. Antonioni describes the alienation of the heroine with the help of a deliberately unreal color dramaturgy that emphasizes the demonic, but also the fascinating, the industrial world of perception; overcoming this dichotomy appears in the film as a prerequisite for survival. "

“Antonioni's highly sensitive attempt to analyze the emotional reactions of a woman who can no longer find her way in the midst of modern industrial plants. Study marked by great seriousness and formal mastery that can be strongly recommended to thought-provoking adults. "

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Evangelischer Filmbeobachter , Evangelischer Presseverband München, Review No. 11/1965.
  2. a b Lexicon of International Films , rororo-Taschenbuch No. 3174 (1988), p.