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Zabriskie Point [DVD]

Mark Frechette , Daria Halpin , Michelangelo Antonioni    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Frechette, Daria Halpin, Rod Taylor, Paul Fix, Harrison Ford
  • Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Producers: Carlo Ponti
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z7OZZW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, maybe, but still a masterpiece 4 Dec 2010
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I saw this film when it first came out in the very early 70s and enjoyed it back then. Since then I have seen it, probably, another three or four times and I have understood it, and appreciated it, a bit more each time. This latest release is excellent. As well as being wide-screen, it also has subtitles so you can make out all of the dialogue. This is particularly useful at the beginning of the film during the student meeting where it's hard to tell what people are saying (but that might be my ears!). This is basically a film about idealism and youth culture versus commercialism in 60s America. The desert scenes and the music soundtrack are excellent and the final few minutes of the film are worth the price of the DVD on their own (once you've seen this, you will never forget it). This may be Antonioni's "flawed masterpiece", but it's still a masterpiece.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I saw ZABRISKIE POINT the first time in 1971 as a film critic in Holland. It made a great impression as a portrait of America in the Sixties. 40 Years later it still is not only a superior reflection of Bob Dylans song Times are changing but also a classic movie about love as an answer to a capitalistic and reckless consuming world. Antonioni proves his point with this movie and can be called one of the greatest directors of all time.The actors are also wonderful and especially Daria Halprin made a great impression.
Reg ten Zijthoff (Netherlands)
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I lived through (and took part in) the student activism and "alternative culture" of the 1960s and the dawn of the 1970s as a student myself (at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and at the all-too-explosively alive Kent State University). I remember how we despised the acrid and shallow materialism of the prevailing culture of the "UniTIGHTASStates of AmeriKKKakapeepee" and how we longed to see it all blow up in the faces of the U. S. of A.'s besotted leaders and of the easily deluded citzenry that kept on (and continues) voting them into office. That has happened, at last, with the implosion of the U.S. economy near the beginning of the 21st Century; it is a pity that this collapse, that makes an arrogant nation seethe with poverty and frustration, thus doomed soon to powerlessness, did not occur sooner, to have limited all the victims of AmeriKKKan power and greed between the time of the film, 1970, and that of AmeriKKKa's financially and militarily agonising doom. When Daria, seething with resentment for Mark's needless death (although his carelessness certainly brought it upon him), fantasises that the very symbol of the bourgeois fatuity of AmeriKKKan callousness and vulgarity, the garishly opulent corporate facility (and/or mansion) set high in the desert surface with joltingly sudden violent force explodes to smithereens (with visions of explosions of urban artificialty of many additional sorts added to this), it is a breathtaking vision of justice come to a besotted and unworthy AmeriKKKan culture of excess and greed.

I like the natural touch of the two leading actors using their real first names for their roles. Mark and Daria are the only natural humans in the film, doing what comes naturally to them, even if by thoughtless whimsy (e.g.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time warp 4 April 2013
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Its a long time since I saw this last - it may well have been on C4 in the 80's when that chanel had a penchant for showing art house films late on a Friday night. I bought the DVD of it on a whim and wasn't disappointed. Although its dated badly in places the last 10 minutes must surely be one of the best endings to a film ever.
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