Ravenna / 2014
At the time of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert (1964), the quiet lagoon stretched between the city of Ravenna and the Adriatic sea was undergoing a significant transformation. The establishment of a huge petrochemical plant and the related expansion of the harbor have generated, through the years, a fascinating but alienating man-made landscape. Endless roads flanked by impassable walls, mysterious industrial structures and a persistent ground noise throw you right into the movie, expecting to suddenly see Monica Vitti in her green coat wandering around. But this will not happen. In the middle of nowhere, some impressive ruins silently recall the present time.
Monica Vitti in a scene taken from Antonioni's Red Desert (1964).