A true test of cinephilia, the films of Michelangelo
Antonioni try the viewer's patience with their long takes, enigmatic longueurs,
and lingering studies of ennui. The reward is a rare beauty and spiritual
elevation. Such is the case with Red Desert (1964), in which Monica
Vitti plays a disturbed woman adrift in a toxic landscape of industrial waste
and spiritual malaise, as hauntingly beautiful as it is laden with dread.