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Review: Antonioni's "Blowup" (1966) Starring Vanessa Redgrave And David Hemmings; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

26 March 2017 6:18 AM, PDT

“A Mod Murder Mystery”

By Raymond Benson

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup (it’s spelled this way in the film credits, but on theatrical posters and advertising it was called Blow-Up) was a landmark, envelope-pushing film that caused quite a stir. For one thing, it was one of the nails in the coffin of the U.S. Production Code, paving the way for the elimination of cinematic censorship and the eventual creation of the movie ratings. Its depiction of nudity, sexual attitudes, and recreational drugs crossed the line for late 1966. Nevertheless, newspaper ads got away with simply proclaiming that the picture was “Recommended for Mature Audiences,” since this was prior to the ratings themselves.

Blowup also stands as a cultural landmark in that it captures that moment of time called “Swinging London.” Everything was “mod”—music, fashion, art... even groups of youths were called “mods.” Antonioni’s film could serve as »

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"The Prisoner Con" Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Patrick McGoohan's Classic TV Series

22 March 2017 6:07 AM, PDT

Some enterprising fans of Patrick McGoohan's landmark television series "The Prisoner" intend to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary with a multi-day convention that will be held in Seattle on September 29-October 1, 2017. You may not get to meet Number One but you will have plenty of activities including screenings, lectures, appearances by actors who were in the show, musical performances, cocktail parties and theatrical re-enactments. For more details and ticket info click here. "Be seeing you!"  »

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"The Godfather" And "Godfather Part II" Reunion At Radio City Music Hall, April 29

21 March 2017 9:41 AM, PDT

Director Francis Ford Coppola will be joined on stage by major cast members from "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" as part of the Tribeca Film Festival's closing ceremonies. The event will take place at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, April 29 following screenings of both films. Among those expected to appear: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall,Talia Shire and James Caan. Tickets went on sale this morning. Click here to order.  »

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