Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, remains one of his greatest. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age-about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband's coworker, played by Richard Harris-continues to exert force over viewers. With one startling, painterly composition after another-of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, overwhelming docked ships-Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema's preeminent poet of the modern age.
- Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs
- Archival video interviews with director Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti
- Outtakes from the film's production
- Original theatrical trailer