What is it about?
My article explores the origins of the fairytales in Michelangelo Antonioni’s screenplay for the film Red Desert (1964) in relation to “L’aquilone” (1982), a book which Antonioni co-wrote with screenwriter and poet Tonino Guerra. It also points out which fairytale aspects of “L’aquilone” are still present in the film itself in connection with the tale of the girl on the island.
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Why is it important?
This is the very first article that explores the connection between the fairytale “L’aquilone” and the film Red Desert. It shows the genesis of the screenplay for Red Desert which initially did not include the tale of the girl on the island but only “L’aquilone” which was eventually crossed out and not filmed.
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This page is a summary of: Weaving hope: Tonino Guerra, fables and utopian holism in Red Desert, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, January 2023, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jicms_00157_1.
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