Legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first stateside film is a surreal examination of dissension and rebellion in American society. In particular, ZABRISKIE POINT explores the discord between rich and poor, as well as the distrust between the "establishment" and young, insurgent adults. By using special effects, documentary-style footage, and unusual camera angles, Antonioni succeeds in revealing how societal conflicts lead to anger--and violence.
Two young iconoclasts meet by chance in the Arizona desert, and escape together from the materialistic society they both so heartily despise. A sensitive tale of love and social alienation.
Director Michelangelo Antonioni's first American feature film. Color by Metrocolor, shot in Panavision.
"...[A] gloriously designed, shot and scored time capsule about campus unrest..." - 03/28/1997 USA Today, p.3D
"[I]t captures the American hippie movement precisely....Antonioni's formal sensibility is still groundbreaking." - 05/01/2009 Film Comment
"[I]n the ensuing decades, ZABRISKIE POINT's critical standing improved, as directors like Gus Van Sant and Bruno Dumont paid homage to the movie with their own challenging, existential films about empty souls roaming around deserts." - 05/27/2009 A.V. Club