Review: ‘Zabriskie Point’

Michelangelo Antonioni makes the US social scene, and despite the imbalance in his concept, distills from his notes some arresting photographic moments. Antonioni has sought to bring into the focus of his own insights, the student vs establishment conflict. He is on foreign terrain. His off-camera presence is sensed in each pictorial move.

Michelangelo Antonioni makes the US social scene, and despite the imbalance in his concept, distills from his notes some arresting photographic moments. Antonioni has sought to bring into the focus of his own insights, the student vs establishment conflict. He is on foreign terrain. His off-camera presence is sensed in each pictorial move.

Probably the most compelling footage of Zabriskie Point is the finis wrapup, in which things representative of the ultra ‘haves’ go up in imagined explosions.

The special effects are magnificent as the remnants of modern architectured big business, including mod edifices, and billboards which had been planted by power corporations, hit the sky, piece by piece, and hang in a dangling collage of symbolism.

Zabriskie Point

Production

M-G-M. Director Michelangelo Antonioni; Producer Carlo Ponti; Screenplay Michelangelo Antonioni, Fred Gardner, Sam Shepard, Tonino Guerra, Clare Peploe; Camera Alfino Contini; Editor Franco Arcalli; Art Director Dean Tavoularis

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Mark Frechette Daria Halprin Paul Fix G.D. Spradlin Bill Garaway Kathleen Cleaver
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