Original title: Il deserto rosso

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti

Italy 1964 | Colour | 116 mins | Drama

Avaliable on: DVD

Antonioni's mid-career masterpiece - his first film in colour - tells the story of Giuliana (Monica Vitti), a young woman suffering a mental and emotional crisis and embarking tentatively on an affair. Vitti - Antonioni's lover and muse, and the star of his earlier films L'avventura, L'eclisse and La notte - gives a magnificent, startling performance. She is ably accompanied by Carlo Chionetti as her unemotional husband Ugo, and Richard Harris as Corrado, the restless associate of Ugos who finds himself drawn to her. 

Red Desert is a stunning film from the great Italian auteur, deserved winner of the Golden Lion at the 1965 Venice Film Festival and a high point in modern cinema.