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Zabriskie Point
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Zabriskie Point

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Director: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor

Cast: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor

 

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Zabriskie Point, director Michelangelo Antonioni's only American film, is an unusual, visually stunning examination of youthful rebellion against the Establishment. The film, initially presented in quasi-documentary style, presents a group of college activists discussing key issues of their political agenda. Mark (Mark Frechette) steals an airplane and flies

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Zabriskie Point, director Michelangelo Antonioni's only American film, is an unusual, visually stunning examination of youthful rebellion against the Establishment. The film, initially presented in quasi-documentary style, presents a group of college activists discussing key issues of their political agenda. Mark (Mark Frechette) steals an airplane and flies over a desert where he meets Daria (Daria Halprin). She is the pot-smoking secretary to businessman Lee Allen (Rod Taylor), while he is a rebel searching for a worthy cause. In the midst of the arid surroundings, Mark and Daria fall in love. Antonioni's nonrealistic approach to American counterculture myths, his loose and sluggish narrative, and the dialogue (credited to Fred Gardner, Sam Shepard, Tonino Guerra, Clare Peploe, and Antonioni) caused Zabriskie Point to be poorly received when it was first released. The score features songs from Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Kaleidoscope, The Rolling Stones, John Fahey, The Youngbloods and Patti Page.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Michelangelo Antonioni's first American film is, in many circles, a legendary debacle, an indulgence of some of the director's worst elliptical, impressionistic, and baldly absurd habits. Taken on another level, however, Zabriskie Point is a sensual, atonal fantasia on the late '60s, a film perhaps not meant to be taken too seriously. At least, one can only hope. Taken from an over-earnest script cobbled together by four writers -- including the young Sam Shepard -- and featuring a blankly attractive cast of amateurs, Antonioni's film is full of ridiculous plot lines and character traits, chief among them a counterculture hero (Mark Frechette) whose means of challenging the establishment includes answering the phone by saying "Goodbye?" But Antonioni is more interested in creating visual non-sequiturs than verbal ones, and in this respect, his film doesn't disappoint. The director's use of barren Southwestern landscapes suggests an oasis from all the urban political turmoil, however improbable, famously exemplified in Zabriskie's sand-swept orgy sequence. And the climactic, Pink Floyd-scored demolition of a bourgeois desert home, while thematically obvious, is still a treat to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
UPC:
0883929039302
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
25,414

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Frechette Mark
Daria Halprin Daria
Rod Taylor Lee Allen
G.D. Spradlin Lee Allen's Associate
Kathleen Cleaver Kathleen
Open Theater of Joe Chaikin Lovemakers in Death Valley
Ben Hammer Actor
Paul Fix Cafe Owner
Harrison Ford Airport worker [uncredited]
Bill Garaway Morty

Technical Credits
Michelangelo Antonioni Director,Screenwriter
Franco Arcalli Editor
Jim Benson Editor
Alfio Contini Cinematographer
Fred Gardner Screenwriter
David Gilmour Score Composer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Don Guest Production Manager
Don Hall Consultant/advisor
Earl McCoy Special Effects
Joe McKinney Makeup
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Clare Peploe Screenwriter
Pink Floyd Score Composer
Carlo Ponti Producer
Robert Rubin Asst. Director
Sam Shepard Screenwriter
Harrison Starr Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Summers Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Roger Waters Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zabriskie Point
1. Credits [3:00]
2. Revolutionaries [5:47]
3. Urban Landscape [4:48]
4. Get Into Jail Free [3:20]
5. Guns and Dreamlives [4:33]
6. Where's Daria? [4:08]
7. Officer Down [4:17]
8. Fugitive In Flight [7:17]
9. Death of This Town [4:19]
10. Wild Kids [3:27]
11. Buzzing Daria [5:01]
12. Going Nowhere Together [4:47]
13. Duo Among the Dunes [1:52]
14. Soanyway [4:06]
15. Desert Orgy [5:03]
16. In His Sights [8:52]
17. Plane Colors [5:27]
18. Unhappy Landing [6:36]
20. Not Burying Into It [4:52]
19. Allen's House [5:57]
21. Boom! [4:55]
22. Into the Sunset [7:17]

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Zabriskie Point 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Junkyard_John_Roberts More than 1 year ago
Cult film fanatics rejoice! Warner Bros. home video has finally released Zabriskie Point, the long sought after head-trip classic from Italian new wave director Michangelo Antonioni. Panned upon it's initial release, this bizarre, minimalistic observation of 1970s America is ripe for rediscovery by today's more sophisticated movie audiences. Featuring original songs by Pink Floyd (unavailable on Floyd cds) and existing songs by The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Kaleidoscope, The Youngbloods and a beautiful original solo guitar piece by Jerry Garcia, the film is a deliberately paced collage of incredibly photographed imagery involving radical 60s politics and the satirization of American consumerism. Antonioni's keen eye for incredibly lush camera angles captures many facets of cliched Americanism (beautifully rendered - in Cinemascope - by cinematographer Alfio Contini) through a series of montages that swerve hypnotically through the streets of LA. These images, combined with the occasional strains of Music Electronic Viva, gives an unsettling industrial feel to Zabriskie Point that predates (and obviously influenced) the work of American new wave directors like David Lynch, Bob Rafelson, Monte Hellman as well as cult-directors like Ray Dennis Steckler. But Antonioni also allows himself to capture some of the most beautiful areas in California's Death Valley region. The point of the title is a wonderland of breathtaking vistas that serve as a neutral oasis for the film's two central characters, portrayed by new-comers Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin. They are both escaping the mechanization of the city; Mark as an airplane stealing, would-be fugitive and Daria as the poster perfect flower child whose diversion through Death Valley on the way to Phoenix results in a chance meeting that leads to an afternoon of free love amidst the sand swept dunes. The resulting prolonged love scene (set to the aforementioned Garcia-penned solo) stirred quite a controversy in it's day, and this restored version with extra footage still pushes the film's R rating. This sequence, and the literally mind-blowing finale (set to a remixed, retitled version of Pink Floyd's Careful With That Axe, Eugene) are still the stuff of cult-film legend. So, unreleased Floyd, dazzling photography and trippy stylization from a world class directing legend; do you need any further convincing. A soundtrack album is also available through Rhino Records and Turner Classic Movies own label; The film and CDs come highly recommended. John Roberts john@dumptv.com