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Film Series Goes Heavy Industrial

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute will continue its annual series at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 with Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Red Desert” in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium. The school is located at McKinley Avenue and N.W. 27th Street.

 “The Red Desert” is considered a landmark in cinema history for its use of color and sound to mirror the internal state of characters. The Italian movie tells the story of Monica Vitti, an engineer's wife wandering in bewilderment through a modern Italian industrial landscape.

“Environmental toxins and power plants create an apocalyptical image ahead of its time and confirm Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age,” said Harbour Winn, director of the OCU Film Institute. “The film is an aesthetic feast rooted in a plot of haunting intricacy with memorable performances.”

The final film in the series will be Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s “Still Walking” on March 6.

The 29th anniversary of the OCU film series is based on Rollo May’s book, “The Cry for Myth.” May, a philosopher and psychologist, is credited with bringing European existentialistic ideas to the U.S.

The OCU Film Institute is supported by donations and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund.  Visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ for more information.