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Italy/USA 1970
Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni
110 minutes
Rated R

Reviewed by
David Michael Brown
3 stars

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point was Michelangelo Antonioni's first film shot in America. For such an emotive subject as the death of the Flower Power 60s his style does not match the material. He appears to be more interested in the desert scenery and Los Angeles architecture than characterisation and plot. Well-known for his indifference to actors, he cast unknown, untrained actors in the two lead roles. The result is a preponderance of surface over depth. Antonioni's aim was sharper with Blow Up, perhaps because the 60s was still swinging and the film lacked the fin-de-siecle cynicism that had overtaken the hippy movement by the beginning of the 70s. DB

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