Bradshaw Watch – ‘Zabriskie Point’ (1970)

For anyone struggling to get through Peter Bradshaw’s one-paragraph review of Zabriskie Point (1970) in The Guardian, here is a rundown of his thoughts on the film – minus bluntly-stated plot details he could have copy-pasted from Wikipedia:

– The film was directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

– The film has been re-released

– The film is “freaky and far-out,” at all times

– The film was “a counterculture adventure” and reminded Peter a bit of Easy Rider and Bonnie and Clyde

– The film also reminded Peter of one or all of the films by David Lynch which were set in the desert – though, presumably, is not thinking of Dune

– Peter also describes the film as providing “an acid flashback to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest

– “Short of travelling by time machine,” Peter considers watching the film to be the best way to visit the Los Angeles of the late 1960s, because it shows you “all the streetscapes, billboards and brand names” which were there in the late 1960s when it was made, in Los Angeles

– Peter considers the film to have invented “its own docu-surrealism” through the practice of casting some actors who were not well known at the time. The film also incorporated some real footage of campus unrest

– Peter considers himself “heretical” for preferring the film to Antonioni’s more famous work Blowup

– The film stars Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, and Rod Taylor

– Peter describes the film as “not a bonfire but a slo-mo detonation of the vanities,” which may be intended as proof that he has read the 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe, or that he is familiar with the medieval practice of burning condemned material possessions, or both.

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