Michelangelo Antonioni delivers yet another masterful cinematic expose with BLOW UP, a provocative mystery set in the seamy mod culture of London. The film follows a photographer (David Hemmings) who captures evidence of a murder when he takes some innocent snapshots of a couple in the park. As he digs deeper and deeper into the photograph's actual negative in order to unravel the mystery, he also must contend with a seemingly dangerous woman (Vanessa Redgrave) who knows more than she is letting on. Atmospheric, tense, with a refreshing jolt of humor, Antonioni's stylish thriller influenced the work of many of cinema's most celebrated directors, including Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION, Brian De Palma's BLOW OUT, and David Lynch's BLUE VELVET.
1967 - Cannes - Palme d'Or Winner
In Michelangelo Antonioni's controversial first English-speaking film, a well-known, London fashion photographer discovers a murder, while developing the film he secretly took of a couple in a park.
Color by Metrocolor. Shot in England. Italitan director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-speaking film. Premier Productions presentation of a Carlo Ponti production. Academy Award Nominations: Best Director, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.
"...It's a carefully crafted, intelligent thriller about artist obsession, big-city alienation and winding down of the '60s party scene..." - 08/01/2000 Total Film, p.104
"[T]his was the art-house movie of the day." - 02/20/2004 USA Today, p.13D
"BLOW-UP is as vital today as it was when it was released in 1966." - 03/18/2004 Rolling Stone, p.76
"[T]here remains an existential chill at the heart of this arthouse mystery." - 07/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.74