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Zabriskie Point (1970)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Zabriskie Point (1970)

In Michelangelo Antonioni's simplistic and failed view of America:

  • the characters of white rebellious youth Mark (Mark Frechette), a student radical wanted as a suspect for killing a policeman during a student strike-riot and for hijacking a small airplane, and Daria (Daria Halprin), the pot-smoking secretary/mistress of LA real estate tycoon/attorney Mr. Lee Allen (Rod Taylor), who was helping to build the Sunnydunes development in the desert
  • the controversial, hallucinatory, symbolic, dust-swirling orgy scene filmed in the "no-man's land" of Death Valley (at Zabriskie Point) - a lovemaking sequence filmed at the lowest point in the United States - Zabriskie Point) - as the two started to make love on the desert sand dunes, several dozen other couples magically appeared, creating a massive 'love-in'
  • afterwards, Mark remarked: "I always knew it'd be like this." Daria asked: "Us?" But he replied: "The desert"
  • in the excessive, explosion-filled finale (another anarchic wish-fulfillment hallucination or dream of Daria's? as she drove away from attorney Allen's luxurious, ultra-modern, maze-like desert dwelling), she stopped, parked, and turned around as the structure was blown up (seen exploding from almost a dozen angles) as well as various materialistic consumer items which were seen being destroyed in slow-motion and in extreme close-up (pool furniture, racks of clothes, a refrigerator with a cascading and disintegrating loaf of packaged WONDER bread, a TV, and shelves of books)


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