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  • February 29, 2012
    By Peter Keough

    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.

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