The Eclectic Cinema is showing Red Desert on Monday 2nd October 2023

The Eclectic Cinema is showing Red Desert on Monday 2nd October 2023 at 7.30pm. This will be screened in the Joan Cross Room and not the main auditorium.

Red Desert (Italy 1964 117 min 12) directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris.

Antonioni’s first colour film, and the last of four he made with Monica Vitti, was released to great acclaim in 1964. The setting is mainly the industrial landscape of Ravenna: lots of smoke, steam, fog and pollution. The chosen colour palette reflects this, as does the sound design. Giuliana (Vitti) is married to a factory manager and is introduced to Corrado (Richard Harris) whose late father had owned the factory. The two share an immediate attraction, finding they are both restless and unsettled. But Giuliana seems to be suffering PTSD, following a car accident, and has difficulty coping with everyday life. Corrado appears more understanding of her plight than her husband. This is no ordinary story of an extra-marital affair, and certainly not the ‘bodice-ripper’ suggested by the trailer.

Watch the trailer here.

Tickets are available online here or alternatively you may telephone the box office on 01242 522852. They endeavour to operate the box office for personal and telephone callers from 10am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday and from 10am – 2.30pm on Saturdays, plus 90 minutes before a performance in the evening.

Also, under a sponsorship scheme funded by CFS, we are able to offer a limited number of complimentary tickets for screenings by The Eclectic Cinema. Members of CFS will receive an email giving details of how to apply for tickets shortly before each of these screenings.