The Story of Asyluming to Madness: Red Desert


This article discusses the meaninglessness of the main character’s, Giuliana’s, life in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert. The film explores the relationship of meaning, prosperity, and interaction with one’s environment in terms similar to Heidegger’s “das Man.” Opposition to the magnetic power of the environment produces feelings of rootlessness. In contrast to other Antonioni movies where we witness fragmented moments of silence, in Red Desert we experience the melancholy of distance that results from an absence of communication. The article attempts to explain the gloom and despair caused by this silence and also to decipher the meaning of colors that Giuliana loses after her accident.

Keywords: Red Desert, das Man, rootlessness, miscommunication, carelesness.

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