16 Apr

The Creationary Assemblage in Antonioni’s Red Desert and Zabriskie Point Antonioni, Deleuze, and the Creationary Assemblage, di Andrew Korn

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Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s color films Deserto rosso (Red Desert, 1964) and Zabriskie Point (1970) register a great shift in the filmmaker’s attitude toward the developments of Western society in the second half of the twentieth century. Red Desert tells the story of Giuliana (Monica Vitti), a young middleclass woman who struggles to survive a case of neurosis in her rapidly industrializing city of Ravenna, Italy. In a number of interviews taken around the making of the film in mid-1960s Italy, Antonioni maintains a general acceptance of the capitalist development of Italian society occurring at this time, expressing his fascination with the ways modernity transforms individuals and their environment:
The lines and curves of factories and their chimneys can be more beautiful than the outline of trees, which we are already too accustomed to seeing. It is a rich world, alive and serviceable. I have to say that the neurosis I sought to describe in Red Desert is above all a matter of adjusting. ...continua a leggere