Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
deserto rosso

Masterpiece by Michelangelo Antonioni – his first colour film – about a woman who is not able to get over a deep life crisis and her relationship to the people and environment surrounding her. Giuliana (Monica Vitti), a young middle-class woman suffering from a deep depression, lives in the industrial area of Ravenna with her husband, Ugo (Carlo Chionetti), a detached and distant chemical engineer, with whom she has no communication, and her little son. One day she meets Corrado (Richard Harris), a colleague of her husband, whomis attracted to her and tries to help her escape her nightmare-like by having a bitter and transient affair that will not compensate her desperate need for balance.

LOCATION The film was entirely shot in Ravenna (apart from a sequence shot on the pink beach of Budelli in Sardinia).
The industrial area of Ravenna is the backdrop for most of the film. Sequences were made along the via della Baiona (the initial scene where workers protest during a march) and the Canale Candiano, where can be seen the chimney and the Hammon cooling tower of SAROM refinery belonging tomthe former petrochemical site of ANIC (now dismissed).
In a shed near the port of Porto Corsini were shot the sequence depicting the arrival of the ship as well as some footages of the pic-nic with held by Ugo, Giuliana, Corrado and some friends of theirs.
The sequences set in the marshes were shot in the Pialassa della Baiona, a brackish lagoon extending between Lamone rive and the port of Candiano.