Cult drama from Italian writer-director Michelangelo Antonioni about young activists in America in the late 1960s. Rebel Mark (Mark Frechette) meets hippy secretary Daria (Daria Halprin) in the Los Angeles desert where she is working for property developer Lee Allen (Rod Taylor). Mark and Daria soon fall for one another but the anarchist tendencies of Mark, who is wanted by the police, make it difficult for their love to survive. The soundtrack includes music from Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Jerry Garcia.
As a postcard from a bygone era, Michelangelo Antonioni's sole American movie is amazing to look at. This was the Italian director's first film since his English-language breakthrough Blowup (1966), which had been a masterpiece that captivated general and art-house audiences alike. Expectations understandably ran high, and as a visual experience Zabriskie Point delivered. Here was this foreigner's eye, among the most distinctive in world cinema, looking at city and desert, streets and backroads, office towers, mini-marts, police cars, airfields, and nonstop signage--the textures of U.S. life transliterated into something alien and askew. Revisited decades later, that's the aspect of Zabriskie Point that comes fascinatingly to the fore.