Everything that could go wrong with the project did go wrong, and Antonioni's great dream would prove to be his worst nightmare. Released in March 1970 after nearly two arduous years in production - a period that included long, exhausting shoots on location in the California desert, pitched battles between Antonioni and MGM executives, and a protracted, frustrating search for the perfect musical score - Zabriskie Point was one of the most extraordinary financial disasters in modern cinematic history. The arithmatic alone was astonishing. Read more.

Zabriskie Point
un film de Michelangelo Antonioni

Zabriskie Point is a 1970 film by Michelangelo Antonioni that depicts the U.S. counterculture movement of that time. It sympathetically tells the story of a young couple – an idealistic student, and a militant radical – to put forward an anti-establishment message.

This cult film stars Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin, neither of whom had any previous acting experience. The screenplay was written by Antonioni, fellow Italian filmmaker Franco Rossetti, American playwright Sam Shepard, prolific screenwriter Tonino Guerra and Clare Peploe, wife of Bernardo Bertolucci. The film was the second of three English-language films that Antonioni had been contracted to direct for producer Carlo Ponti and to be distributed by MGM. The other two films were Blowup (1966) and The Passenger (1975).

Zabriskie Point
Directed byMichelangelo Antonioni
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Screenplay byMichelangelo Antonioni
Fred Gardner
Sam Shepard
Tonino Guerra
Clare Peploe
Story byMichelangelo Antonioni
StarringMark Frechette
Daria Halprin
Music byPink Floyd
Jerry Garcia
CinematographyAlfio Contini
Edited byFranco Arcalli
Production
  company
MGM
Distributed byMark Frechette
Daria Halprin
Release date(s)
  • February 9, 1970 (1970-02-09) (United States)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7,000,000
Box office$1,000,000

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An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who's wanted by the authorities for allegedly killing a policeman during a student riot).



Zabriskie Point