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Counterculture -- California -- Drama, Culture conflict -- California -- Drama, Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.) -- Drama, Hippies -- California -- Drama, Nineteen sixties -- United States -- Drama, Radicals -- California -- Drama, Student protesters -- California -- Drama, United States -- Social life and customs -- 1960-1970 -- Drama, Youth -- California -- Attitudes -- Drama

Zabriskie Point


Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor, Kathleen Cleaver,

Michelangelo Antonioni’s California epic trades the empty boulevards of suburban Rome for the desert vistas of Death Valley, the petrochemical purgatory of Ravenna for the billboard-bedecked avenues of Los Angeles. The director’s characters, however, remain much the same: disillusioned yet full of longing, their clumsy couplings offering only fleeting respite from consuming angst. In the midst of student strikes and Black Panther protests—the opening sequence features Kathleen Cleaver addressing a group of students—Mark (Mark Frechette) and Daria (Daria Halprin) opt for “reality trips” of their own making, drifting further and further from what they so desperately seek.

Kate MacKay