“There’s a thousand sides to everything — not just heroes and villains.”
A fugitive revolutionary (Mark Frechette) flees to the desert, where he meets up with a beautiful young woman (Daria Halprin).
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, Michaelangelo Antonioni’s confusing, “politically ambiguous”, pro-revolutionary box-office failure features a “myopic vision of [consumerist] America, full of piggy cops, flabby tourists, hungry workers, and fat cats.” It’s clear why black and white youths of the day would want to join together to combat this logy society; unfortunately, it’s much less clear exactly how the film’s protagonists (Frechette and Halprin, terrible non-actors) plan on achieving this. The bizarre magical realism of the desert orgy scene (the exact meaning of which is unclear) shifts the story into over-drive, leading to the film’s “stunning” yet ultimately unsatisfactory “explosion-filled finale”.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Breath-taking cinematography of Monument Valley
- A good rock score
No, though it’s worth a look simply for its notoriety.
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)