Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

DVD - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781419874390
141987439X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Panned by critics upon its theatrical release, ZABRISKIE POINT is now regarded as essential viewing. If you want to get a sense of what the vibe was at the end of the 1960s (Manson Family murders; Altamont; Fred Hampton's murder) going into the all-important year 1970 (Greenwich Village Weather Underground bomb-making catastrophe; Kent State/Jackson State massacres and subsequent nationwide student strike; Manson Family trial) this film has it. Black Panther Kathryn Cleaver even has a cameo in the opening scene. The lead actor, Mark Frechette, sort of a Monty Clift lookalike, was a member of an actual cult in real life, the Lyman Family cult, a.k.a., the Fort Hill Community, who would end up going to jail for bank robbery; he would die there in a weightlifting accident. The lead actress, Daria Halprin, would end up marrying Dennis Hopper. Antonioni mercilessly skewers the "American Dream" as a fricassee of violence, consumerism, racism, suburban development, war and corporate management; and he proved to be prescient in using Death Valley as a location (the Manson Family's desert hideout was outside Ballarat). The soundtrack, heavy with Pink Floyd and Jerry Garcia, has come to stand on its own as an important document. Whatever you do make it to the final slow-motion scenes where Antonioni, mirroring military weapons tests films, blows up refrigerators, home libraries, stereos, televisions. The poor Hippie kids have no chance but at least they can daydream destruction.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 20, 2015

It is kind of terrible, mostly due to the acting, but it is a fascinating time capsule and the end is pretty awesome. Long hard to find on video, Italian director Michaelangelo Antonioni's 1970 take on the American counter-culture is beautiful to look at, but often ridiculous and politically naive. A loose story about two young people, one a would-be revolutionary, who meet, have sex in the desert and part, Antonioni forsakes the impressive calm of his best film for a slightly nutty attempt to appeal to the emerging youth/hippie audience. It is badly dated and badly acted, but does feature some great music (Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, John Fahey). As a political statement and a critique of America, it's message isn't much more complex than making love with a hippie chick is groovy and getting gunned down by the man is a bum trip. Could by a double feature with "Easy Rider." Far out.

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Cameren
Apr 18, 2015

This is a DEEPLY flawed film, but I can't say that I believe its infamy is deserved, despite its flaws. A couple of these include the (non-)actors (IMO, Antonioni wasn't the kind of filmmaker, or at least he didn't have the kind of aesthetic that could work with nonactors, as opposed to someone like Robert Bresson) and the notably preposterous sex scene (though Jerry Garcia's playing will always delight me).

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Septum
May 26, 2012

This movie was made in 1970, and it shares the same production qualities and directorial values that were common at that time. This movie consists of highly symbolic events, where the two main actors portray "man" and "woman" in a number of different scenarios, that are loosely strung together into one movie to present a panorama of the psyche of the youth of the 1960s. The characters are trying to break free from the suffocating environments in which they exist, but, with the exception of the natural freedom of Zabriskie Point, they are compelled to live in a world where freedom must be surrendered to commercialism and social expectations.

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zerfer
Apr 27, 2012

Pretty pointless. Annoying to boot. Not worth it for scenery! Go on youtube for nice scenery or watch BARAKA. Watch only if you must see the director's entire oevre.

btmslt Apr 20, 2012

The movie is not the greatest however, the screnery is fabulous! The sex orgies and blowing up of the house seem to be an attempt at surrealism which is misplaced in the movie. These parts of the movie are also way too long.

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Lican
Nov 18, 2010

a story of early activism... enjoyable....

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