Wednesday, August 12, 2015

il Deserto Rosso

Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964












The frames above come from the opening of the film, when the privileged young woman, still recovering from a nervous breakdown, goes to her husband’s factory, with her little son in tow, seemingly to commune with the surrounding polluted environment.  After explaining adaptation to her son, she develops a sudden need for a worker’s half eaten sandwich, which she buys from him, well above its cost.  (It’s probably derived from a similar incident in Huysman’s À rebours.)

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