Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Run Time: 111 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1966
Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin
When the talented but bored and cocky fashion photographer Thomas takes pictures of a couple in a desolate park, he unwittingly embarks on a strange journey of captured infidelity and possible murder. Blow-Up is set in the swinging mid-1960s London and it evokes all the mod style and sensibility style of the time period. Importantly through Antonioni’s own camera, the film examines the power and potential of the photographic medium during a period when its boundaries to depict reality were truly being tested. Although this is Antonioni’s first English language film, as with most of the director’s work, Blow-Up shares in the lone figure faced with a problem of his/her own making, their journey marked amongst a vast landscape.