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Blow-Up (1966)

Cast: David Hemmings, David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, more...
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni, Michelangelo Antonioni
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 111 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production was also his only box office hit, widely considered one of the seminal films of the 1960s. Thomas (David Hemmings) is a nihilistic, wealthy fashion photographer in mod "Swinging London." Filled with ennui, bored with his "fab" but oddly-lifeless existence of casual sex and drug use, Thomas comes alive when he wanders through a park, stops to take pictures of a couple embracing, and upon developing the images, believes that he has photographed a murder. Pursued by Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), the woman who is in the photos, Thomas pretends to give her the pictures, but in reality, he passes off a different roll of film to her. Thomas returns to the park and discovers that there is, indeed, a dead body lying in the shrubbery: the gray-haired man who was embracing Jane. Has she murdered him, or does Thomas' photo reveal a man with a gun hiding nearby? Antonioni's thriller is a puzzling, existential, adroitly-assembled masterpiece. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Special Features

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It will blow your mind by Sujata July 13, 2006 - 2:18 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This movie is the perfect antidote to all those too-too-perfect blockbuster movies, where every i gets dotted and every t is crossed by the end. This movie questions the very reality of what we perceive, and will shake you to your core. The protagonist is a stylish hipster fashion photographer, and the scenes in his studio where he pursues his craft are meticulously, almost lovingly portrayed. The outside world by contrast, is a messy affair. He "blows up" some photos to get a closer view of what he's seen in a park, but as he gets closer to what he wants, reality seems to dissolve and slip away, like the grainy paintings of his friend. At the end, as he plays along with a troupe of mimes, the half-smile on our hero's face suggests he has come to grips with this state of unknowing, that maybe illusion is its own reality, but it will be a long while before you do. Great movie.

Got me! by toddandsteph July 3, 2006 - 2:09 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Blowup: 45 minutes into this flick, I really wasn't feeling it. I just couldn't see what was going on. I thought it was going to be like Zabriskie Point where it was an amazing atmospheric flick but one with little point. How wrong was I!?! Here, Antonioni makes a wonderful statement on an artist's involvement with his/her surroundings, this time in Mod-era London. The style's there as always, but the substance is thick. It just took me awhile to catch it. This film really shoots Antonioni up in my book. I just sat as it ended, a little shell-shocked. Definitely as good as the hype told me it was! **** out've *****

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BFI's Top 100 British Films of the 20th Century
In 1999 the BFI surveyed 1000 people from the world of UK film and television to produce this list. A few of the selected films were wholly or partly produced by non-UK companies, but but were perceived by voters as having significant British involvement
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