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Deserto Rosso

Ravenna (Italy)


At the time of Michelangelo Antonioni's Deserto Rosso (1964), the quiet lagoon stretched between the city of Ravenna and the Adriatic was undergoing a significant transformation. The establishment of ANIC's huge petrochemical plant and the expansion of the inland seaport have generated, through the years, a fascinating yet alienating man-made landscape. Endless roads flanked by impassable walls, mysterious industrial structures and a persistent background noise throw you back into the movie's atmospheres. And suddenly you spot her, Monica Vitti, wandering around in the fog. What would she say today, that the yellow smoke is long gone and concrete is cracking? 

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