Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Red Desert (1964)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Nature may long ago have choked on the fumes of modern industry, but, for Antonioni, the latter is not without its poetic qualities—indeed, nobody aestheticized a factory-lined landscape with quite the same verve. Red Desert remains an audacious, even startling vision: it’s late modernity as painted anxiety, like a panic attack in vivid technicolor. This world seems hostile, certainly, but then in a way it’s a beautiful hostility—you’re left silent before all this gleaming machinery, all that naphthol-yellow smoke and mud-thick smog, violent and extraordinary and very much a product of man. The only natural response is awe. Calum Marsh (Nov 8 at MoMA, part of its To Save and Project)

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