Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production is widely considered one of the seminal films of the 1960s. No director has ever captured ennui, alienation, and anomie so well.
Thomas (David Hemmings) a wealthy fashion photographer in "Swinging London," lives a meaningless life of casual sex and drug use. His life changes when he thinks that he has witnessed a murder while taking photographs in the park. As he develops and blows up the photos, he becomes involved with Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), the woman in the photographs.
Blow Up works as a document portraying a specific time in history, as an existential thriller, and as a typical Antonioni film, which leaves the viewer with many unanswered questions about life.
“This is a fascinating picture, which has something real to say about the matter of personal involvement and emotional commitment in a jazzed-up, media-hooked-in world so cluttered with synthetic stimulations that natural feelings are overwhelmed.” Bosley Crowther, New York Times, December 19, 1966
“[Blow-Up] is so ravishing to look at … and pleasurable to follow … that you're likely to excuse the metaphysical pretensions—which become prevalent only at the very end—and go with the 60s flow, just as the original audiences did.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
(Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Great Britain, 1966, 111min., color, No Rating)
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