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Red Desert

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A lonely manager’s wife is all adrift in an industrial wasteland

Michelangelo Antonioni’s first feature in colour is one of the best films about unhappy rich people the ’60s had to offer. Monica Vitti’s lonely manager’s wife is all adrift in the industrial wasteland her husband has created and, if you can resist the urge to give her a good shake, you’ll enjoy one of cinema’s definitive depictions of despair. The nightmarishly degraded environment has an awful beauty; not only that, it’ll make you wish Antonioni had taken a punt at science-fiction – he had the eye for it, in spades. Extras include scholar’s chat-track, essays and recollections.

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