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Blow-Up (1966)

Blowup (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 18 December 1966 (USA)
A mod London photographer seems to find something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

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A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. Then he meets a mysterious beauty, and also notices something frightfully suspicious on one of his photographs of her taken in a park. The fact that he may have photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together. Written by Anonymous

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Among the homeless men whose photos were taken by the David Hemmings character is Julio Cortázar who wrote the original short story on which Blow-Up (1966) is based. See more »

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When the mimes stop Thomas in his car at the beginning of the film, the entire film crew is reflected on the side of it when we are given the shot from behind them. When it returns to the view from the passenger side we see that a single old man is walking by on the other side of the street. See more »

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The best color film by Antonioni
8 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This, along with L'Eclisse, is one of the two best Antonioni movies. It is very different from his earlier films in that it is much less overtly intellectual and is purportedly a thriller. However, it is no more a standard thriller than is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Instead, it is an examination of reality and illusion and an exploration of what distinguishes the one from the other. The movie has an exceptional lyrical quality to it, which of course is also not associated with thrillers. The color is gorgeous and Vanessa Redgrave is a total surprise. I have generally not found anything appealing about her, but in this movie, master-magician Antonioni transformed her into a ravishing beauty. Sarah Miles is also very sexy as the next-door neighbor. Young Jane Birkin plays a groupie who gets to roll around nude in the photographer's backdrop paper. As in L'Eclisse, the final scene is stunningly poetic.


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