Zabriskie Point

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Save the Date! Floydseum Film Festival

August 31, 2014

 

Zabriskie Point is a 1970 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. This famous soundtrack was originally commissioned by Antonioni only to Pink Floyd, but as a result of persistent dissatisfaction director for the proposed material, it came to include, in addition to the three pieces of the English group, an extract of the famous "Dark Star" of Grateful Dead songs composed for the occasion by Jerry Garcia (essentially improvisations performed with the other guitarist of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, playing in real time in front of the projected images), the song "You Got the Silver" by the Rolling Stones, the song "Dance of Death" by John Fahey, two pieces of Kaleidoscope and two other songs, performed respectively by Patty Page and Roscoe Holcomb Memorable musical commentary to the scene of the explosion of the villa in the desert, that Pink Floyd accompanied with a remake of the already published "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" retitled for the occasion "Come In # 51, Your Time Is Up".

The final sequence is finally commented on the song "So Young" by Roy Orbison.

Curiosity: among the many proposed pieces for the occasion by Pink Floyd but rejected by Antonioni, there was a theme piano written by keyboardist Richard Wright: the theme (at that time called "The violent sequences") was later reused by the group in 1973, becoming the song "Us and Them", included on the album ironically sold more of their story "The Dark Side of the Moon."

 

Duration: 110 min

Genre: drama

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Subject: Michelangelo Antonioni

Screenplay: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Sam Shepard, Clare Peploe, Fred Gardner

Production: Carlo Ponti

Music: Pink Floyd, Jerry García

Scenography: Dean Tavoularis