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Zabriskie Point (1970)

R | | Drama | 28 March 1970 (Italy)
At Zabriskie Point, United States' lowest point, two perfect strangers meet; an undergraduate dreamer and a young hippie student who start off an unrestrained romance, making love on the dusty terrain.

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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)... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$891,918, 31 December 1971
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One hundred people participated in the orgy scene, half of them from Joseph Chaikin 's Open Theatre company, and the other half "made up of assorted hippies." See more »

Goofs

When Mark is buzzing Daria with the airplane, she at one point scrawls out some writing in the sand by the side of the road. Judging by the light and long shadows, it appears to be in late afternoon. Then we see Mark drop Daria something from the plane, which she runs to pick up. But now the light - and much shorter shadows - indicate that it is much earlier than the late afternoon of the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Mark: I always knew it'd be like this.
Daria: Us?
Mark: The Desert.
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Dark Star
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Beautifully misunderstood...
20 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Antonioni really showed some 'cojones' when he had this movie made. He went to America working under a contract from the most lavish studio (MGM) and he made the most damning portrait of American society i've ever seen. Having seen LA first hand this is the most accurate portrayal of the crowded, overheated and impersonal city. If only Antonioni had met Bill Hicks...

The subsequent burial by the studio is understandable, after such a whopping investment and dismal return. It is sad that people don't get to see this film any more as i believe Antonioni has been proved right. Here he predicts the end of the hippie/civil rights movement in the politics of America. Everyone is much more interested in what goes into their pockets and the relentless expansion of living space into the inhospitable (yet beautiful) desert and beyond. How i would love to see interest in this film re-kindled and a lavish DVD release.

I beseech people to watch Zabriskie Point with an open mind and an open heart. We have a genuinely unique film commenting on a turning point in the history of the most powerful nation on the planet, and we have forgotten about it.

An unexpected gem.


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