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Blow-Up (1966)

Blowup (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 December 1966 (USA)
A mod London photographer finds 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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Vanessa Redgrave offered her take on the film in her autobiography. "Blow-Up was about the unity and difference of essence and phenomena, the conflict between what is, objectively, and what is seen, heard, or grasped by the individual." See more »

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In the park the lens protector is down on the grass between Thomas's feet. He then takes a long step to bend down and pick up the lens protector from a distance. See more »

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[first lines]
Mime: Give me your money. Do it.
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Referenced in Sergio Martino: The Art and Arteries of the Giallo (2011) See more »

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The Naked Camera
Written and Performed by Herbie Hancock
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Fascinating 1966 film still pertinent 40 years later
14 July 2004 | by (Saint Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Although released in 1966, BLOWUP is remarkably pertinent today, nearly 40 years later. Its theme of reality/illusion, with people seeing or not seeing what they want not to see, is still pertinent in this era of "missing" weapons of mass destruction.

Also, the movie's jaded view of a society distracted from reality by random sex, drugs and immediate sensation is still sooooooo true today.

The Mod fashions for the photo shoots look bizarre to us now -- but you'll see equally bizarre fashions in VOGUE, at least the European issues. And what's wrong with David Hemmings' white jeans?


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