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Cinematheque . Film Schedule . RED DESERT

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Film Classics in 35mm! Monica Vitti, 1931-2022


France, Italy | 1964 | Michelangelo Antonioni

RED DESERT film still

Antonioni’s first color feature, gorgeous to behold, found the Italian maestro painting and dyeing grass, trees, sand, buildings, fruit, and hair to enhance his film’s mood and complement his characters’ neuroses. A tone poem set in a soulless and stifling industrial landscape, Red Desert focuses on an electrical engineer’s wife (Antonioni’s frequent muse Monica Vitti) who has an affair with her husband’s best friend (Richard Harris) just to maintain some human contact. “Perhaps the most extraordinary and riveting film of Antonioni’s entire career…An aesthetic feast.” –Time Out Film Guide. Subtitles. 35mm. 117 min.

Special admission $13; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $10. No passes or twofers.

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Thursday 5/26
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11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Single Film Admission

General Admission: $10
Member: $7 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)
Additional film on the same day: $7 (or the member price for that film)
Note: Certain films cost more. Exceptions are noted.

No refunds unless screening is canceled.