(great scenes, part 4)


A propos the previous post

This may be one of Antonioni’s worst, or at least most dated, films, but the climactic scene is certainly memorable, especially if you know Pink Floyd’s “Careful with that axe, Eugene” (though, honestly, once the screaming starts, the music feels pretty dated too). It’s a Deleuzian time-image if I’ve ever seen one. (Non-vegetarians might wish to fast-forward to about 3’20″ to get to the meat of it.)

Visiting the point itself in Death Valley several years ago — during one of those springs when it was blooming like it very rarely does — made me realize that both the mansion and the movie are a little out of place at the real Zabriskie Point.

But the slowly exploding food does resonate with latter-day food politics, doesn’t it?