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Blow-Up (1966)

Blowup (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 24 February 1967 (Brazil)
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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Complete credited cast:
... Jane
... Patricia
... Thomas
... Bill
... The Blonde
... The Brunette
... Ron
... Verushka (as Verushka)
... Mime
Claude Chagrin ... Mime
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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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Antonioni's camera never flinches. At love without meaning. At murder without guilt. At the dazzle and madness of youth today. See more »


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24 February 1967 (Brazil)  »

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Blow-Up  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,000,000, 31 January 1970
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelangelo Antonioni had wanted The Who to be in the film, as he was fascinated by Pete Townshend's guitar-smashing routine. Jeff Beck does it in the film. See more »

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Shadow of camera crew visible when the photographer is driving home from the factory. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mime: Give me your money. Do it.
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Featured in 20 to 1: Sizzling Superstars (2009) See more »

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The Thief
Written and Performed by Herbie Hancock
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Sixties Marvel
13 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Blow Up is the quintessential 60' s movie with a roster of talented British actors, colourful mod fashions (now back in vogue), dreary post-war London locations and empty streets, groovy music by American composer extraordinaire Herbie Hancock and an Italian director and writer in love with the whole scene. Blow Up is the cinematic equivalent of the TR4 cabriolet, designed by Michelotti and manufactured by Triumph during the same period, and mixes the best of two rather different cultures. The movie offers the right amount of nudity, sensuality and perversion without offending the prude status quo of swinging Olde England. David Hemmings plays a character who is by all accounts snobbish, homophobic, prejudiced, rude and macho. This pseudo thriller/whodunit unwinds rather slowly and with little dialogue and, I think, is just an excuse for Antonioni to show how weird the English were. A must see flick for the ones nostalgic or who missed the 60' s completely.


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