Monday Night Movies: Origins

Red Desert

November 13, 2017

7:00 p.m., Maine Film Center

Michelangelo Antonioni’s RED DESERT helped coin the term “Antoniennui,” reflecting the philosophical origins of German romanticism and of Kant and Schopenhauer. But in fact, his alienated characters and landscapes, bathed in colors both rich and washed out, full of what Thelonious Monk called “Ugly Beauty” in one of his compositions, proved not just an accurate indicator of its era, but also the mother of the slow-paced, long-take-based style that was to mark so many cutting edge international films of the succeeding decades. 1964. Unrated. In Italian with English subtitles. 117 Min.