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Images courtesy of Janus Films

Red Desert
New 35mm print! Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 7 PM

Michelangelo Antonioni’s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events. Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal.

This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age continues to keep viewers spellbound. A disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wanders through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins and tentatively flirts with her husband’s coworker, played by Richard Harris. With one startling, painterly composition after another, Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age. (117 mins., 35mm)

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Don't miss your chance to see filmmaker Penelope Spheeris introduce her iconic The Decline of Western Civilization on Friday, October 23—get your tickets now.