ZABRISKIE POINT
1970, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Director Michelangelo Antonioni follows the mind-expanding odyssey of two youths on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in slow-motion apocalypse to the strains of Pink Floyd.


NOSTALGHIA
1983, Kino Intl., 125 min, Italy/Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film outside the Soviet Union was shot in Italy, where Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) has traveled to research an 18th-century composer. Though the interpreter (Domiziana Giordano) accompanying him is quite charming, Andrei is stricken with homesickness, until he meets an eccentric (Erland Josephson) who challenges him to save the world. This haunting, visually poetic film garnered several awards at Cannes (though Soviet authorities reportedly prevented it from winning the Palme d’Or).


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