Zabriskie Point (1970)

USA, 1970
110m, 9900 feet, 3018 metres
35mm film, Panavision, Metrocolor
English

An American borderline fantasy film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.

Plot Summary

Fugitive student radical Mark and anthropology student Dara meet while making their separate ways across America and end up at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
© 1970. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Carlo Ponti production
Executive Producer: Harrison Starr
Produced by: Carlo Ponti
Written by: Michelangelo Antonioni, Fred Gardner, Sam Shepard, Tonino Guerra, Clare Peploe
Director of Photography: Alfio Contini
Editor: Michelangelo Antonioni [uncredited]
Original Music Composed and Performed by: Pink Floyd, Jerry Garcia, Kaleidoscope
Recording Supervisor: Franklin Milton
Electronic Effects by: Music Electronic Viva
Costume Designer: Ray Summers
Make-up: Joe McKinney
Special Effects: Earl McCoy
Production Designer: Dean Tavoularis

Cast
Mark Frechette (Mark)
Daria Halprin (Daria)
Paul Fix (café owner)
G.D. Spradlin (Lee Allen’s associate)
Bill Garaway (Morty)
Kathleen Cleaver (Kathleen)
The Open Theatre of Joe Chaikin (themselves)
Rod Taylor (Lee Allen)
Harrison Ford [student – scenes deleted]

Production Notes

Production
Production began on 19 August 1968.

Censorship
In the UK, the BBFC called for ten cuts, most of them to the climactic orgy scene. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer appealed to the Greater London Council – who had recently decided that it would impose its own censorship on films shown under its remit – to allow it be screened uncut. They agreed and awarded the film a London-only ‘X’ certificate with no cuts made and Berkshire County Council followed suit. Essex County Council meanwhile opted to ban the film altogether.

References

Periodicals

  • Bianco e Nero vol.31 no.5/6 May/June 1970 pp.29-48 – review
  • Board of Trade Journal vol.198 no.3812 (8 April 1970) p.960 – note (Registrations of British and foreign films) – note
  • Brighton Film Review no.21 June 1970 p.9 – review
  • Cineforum no.92/93 May/August 1970 pp.138-146 – review
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.222 July 1970 p.65 – note
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.224 October 1970 pp.61-62 – review
  • Cinema vol.4 no.4 December 1968 pp.2-6 – interview with Michaelangelo Antonioni
  • Cinéma n147 June 1970 pp.104-109 – review
  • Cinema d’Oggi 6 April 1970 p.11 – review
  • Cinema Journal vol.41 no.3 (Spring 2002) pp.38-58 – illustrated article (Reel revolutionaries: an examination of Hollywood’s cycle of 1960s Youth Rebellion Films by Aniko Bodroghkozy)
  • Cinema Nuovo vol.23 no.205 May/June 1970 pp.205-210 – review
  • Cinema Nuovo no.219 (September/October 1972) pp.338-345 – review
  • Empire no.222 (December 2007) pp.240-241 – illustrated article (The top 10: Explosions by Simon Braund)
  • Film Comment vol.45 no.3 (May/June 2009) p.76 – illustrated DVD review (Counterculture pick: Zabriskie Point by David Zuckerman)
  • Film Heritage vol.5 no.3 Spring 1970 pp.1-40 – interview with Michaelangelo Antonioni
  • Film Heritage vol.6 no.1 Fall 1970 p.7 – review
  • Film Quarterly vol.23 no.3 Spring 1970 pp.35-38 – review
  • Film Quarterly vol.24 no.1 (Autumn 1970) pp.3-6 – review
  • Film World vol.6 no.4 Aug/Sep 1970 pp.15-16 – review (by Marie Seton)
  • Filmcritica no.206 April 1970 pp.162-163, 164-168 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.16 no.8 May 1970 pp.36-37 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.21 no.10 (July 1975) pp.32-37 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.202 no.38 (20 September 1968) p.10 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.206 no.13 (28 May 1969) p.1 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.206 no.15 (2 June 1969) pp.1, 6 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.209 no.41 (10 February 1970) p.3 – review
  • Interview vol.1 no.3 (1969) pp.6-7 – interview with Sam Shepard
  • Kine Weekly vol.632 no.3253 (14 February 1970) p.7 – note (MGM ‘Zabriskie’ price policy)
  • Kine Weekly vol.632 no.3257 14 March 1970 pp.3; 23 – note (Kine booking guide); review
  • Kine Weekly vol.632 no.3258 (21 March 1970) p.7 – note (‘Zabriskie’ ban)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.436 (May 1970) p.102 – review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.240 no.7 (18 February 1970) p.375 – review
  • Movie no.18 (1971) p.21-23 – article (Zabriskie Point by Robin Wood)
  • Positif no.104 (April 1969) pp.49-50 – interview with Michaelangelo Antonioni
  • Positif no.588 (February 2010) pp.69-72 (France) – illustrated article (À l’ouest, du noveau? by Pascal Binétruy)
  • Premiere vol.11 no.12 (August 1998) pp.80-87 – illustrated article (Noble failures)
  • Radio Times vol.306 no.3987 (22 July 2000) p.55 – illustrated article (The reel story behind… by Andrew Collins)
  • Rivista del Cinematografo no.11 (November 1970) pp.572-576 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.38 no.1 Winter 1968/69 pp.26-30 – interview with Michaelangelo Antonioni
  • Sight & Sound vol.39 no.3 (Summer 1970) pp.124-126 – review
  • Today’s Cinema no.9787 (13 March 1970) p.16 – review
  • Variety 6 November 1968 p.22 – note
  • Variety 11 February 1970 p.16 – review

Newspapers

  • Evening Standard 3 March 1970 p.3 – illustrated note (Uncensored in London – orgy in the sand by Alexander Walker)

Books

  • Encyclopedia of Rock Music of Film by Linda J. Sandahl p.200
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.314
  • Film Review 1970-71 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.236
  • International Film Guide 1970 by Peter Cowie (ed) pp.235 – credits (World production survey: USA by Margot S. Kernan)
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1971 p.117 – credits
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.664-671 – illustrated review (by PB [Phillipp Bühler])
  • Psychedelic Celluloid: British Pop Music in Film and TV 1965-1974 by Simon Matthews p.192 – illustrated review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.556 – credits
  • Rock-Film: In 450 film, trent’anni di Cinema & Rock by Paolo Belluso and Flavio Merkel p.255 – credits, note
  • Rock on Film by David Ehrenstein and Bill Reed pp.68, 275