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Zabriskie Point

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Zabriskie Point
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970

Il posto

Ermanno Olmi, 1961
Thu, July 22, 2010 7 PM
This double bill moves from the U.S. to Italy and from the hippy fringe to the corporate workplace.

A trippy time capsule of late 1960s' American counterculture, Zabriskie Point is Antonioni's only American film (and second in English, after Blow-Up). The convoluted plot involves a campus radical on the run and a woman he meets in the desert, but the film is most memorable for its innovative use of music by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead—for the stark beauty of the landscape and cinematography. Critically panned and a financial disaster upon release, the film has become a cult favorite. Shot in part on location in Death Valley. (110 mins., 35mm)

Director Ermanno Olmi channels the heritage of neorealism into moving, intimate filmmaking exemplified by this bittersweet story. Il posto, Olmi's second feature, follows a young man who lands an entry level position within a large corporation in Milan. Once employed, he tries to strike up a relationship with a coworker all the while contemplating a future of trying to advance in the company's typing pool. Here’s how Olmi described his intentions in a statement prepared for the film's U.S. release in 1964: "to portray the courage it takes to live through the colorless, gray days which are, in anyone's life, the majority...I should like to put across that everything—epic adventure, humor and feeling—is contained in the normal human condition." (93 mins., 35mm)

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