Blow-up

Blow-up

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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A London photographer takes some pictures of a couple in a park and discovers that he may have recorded evidence of a murder

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1aa
May 07, 2019

A very unusual story: it doesn't make much sense, except as strained analogies. It tries to illustrate and stipulate ideas about the seeable, the seen, belief, the unseen, and unseeable, whether created, mediated, or imagined. So, its more like an exploratory essay in the form of a film.

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 06, 2019

VERY GOOD 1966 film directed by Italian Michelangelo Antonioni. Yes, it's enigmatic in its plot which is a bit unclear, but has excellent cinematography reflecting the film style which seems to be about how the mind/brain of an individual perceive the outside world. David
Hemming is excellent in his main character role and supporting cast is fine, too. Interesting watch - glad I did it.

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 03, 2018

"Blow Up" was a sensation when it was released in 1966. Critics and moviegoers hotly debated its enigmatic story. Three and a half decades later, its meaning is no clearer. I have seen it several times, and I remain clueless. The movie has fallen into relative obscurity, and, so, the few people I've met who have seen it have been unable to offer any satisfactory insights. If you are looking for pop entertainment, you certainly want to avoid this one because the plot is so puzzling.
Why, you may ask, do I rank it so highly? It's because it is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen. Every single shot is composed with the utmost care. The framing is amazing. The colors are beautiful. The sound, too, is meticulously constructed. Although the sound technology back then was primitive compared to today's, the movie manages to make background noises very much a part of the whole.
The story revolves around a bored but brilliant London photographer, played by David Hemmings. He is a genius at his craft, but his life is an empty place. One day he wanders into a lovely park, where he spies two lovers. He follows them and photographs them. The girl [Vanessa Redgrave] sees him and demands he give her the film. He refuses. When he develops the photos, he sees a blurred image, which, when blown up, looks like it might be a body.

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akirakato
Dec 02, 2018

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni in 1966 based on a story told by photographer Sergio Larraín as well as the life of Swinging London photographer David Bailey, this mystery-thriller depicts a fashion photographer who believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film.
Although redundant and long, the film captures the fashion culture in London at the time with glowing images and smart editing.
However, the aftermath of the murder appears cut short.

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richibi
Dec 02, 2018

Calvin Klein meets Alfred Hitchcock by way of Albert Camus, an absolute Absurdist wonder, with every frame a visual work of art of the very highest order, one of the hippest films, surely, ever

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Nursebob
Jul 20, 2018

The discrepancy between objective truth and that which we perceive as true provides fertile ground for Michelangelo Antonioni’s metaphysical thriller based on Julio Cortázar’s story. Set in psychedelic-era London he saturates the screen with crayon colours, jazz records, and long-limbed supermodels decked in outer space glam costumes (iconic 60s covergirl Veruschka makes an impressive cameo writhing seductively on the floor as fashion photographer Thomas wields his Nikon like an intrusive weapon). Placing his characters against door frames and windows, often with blinds or studio props standing between them and the audience, Antonioni stresses the artifice of Thomas’ world wherein natural elements like blowing tree branches seem out of place, even sinister, when compared to the safety of staged studio shoots. Bookending his film with scenes of a raucous mime troupe creating imaginary havoc only heightens this sense of pseudo-reality while the captured crime itself morphs into an incomprehensible piece of abstract expressionism the more Thomas enlarges the incriminating photo. Controversial at the time for its gratuitous nipples and an implied three-way between Thomas and a pair of mod groupies—and bogged down in places by stretches of tedium—this is nevertheless a masterful blending of stylish trappings (now hopelessly “retro”) and philosophical puzzler. Antonioni is not concerned with motives and resolutions but instead poses a conundrum: if the camera—and by association our own senses—never lies, does that mean it always shows the truth?

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GHN
Apr 23, 2018

The acting is OK!
Considering all details about the murder, this film simply shows the main character is a super simpleminded photographer. Nothing brilliant about this film.

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Courier2003
Feb 04, 2018

Awful. Fast forward did not help. Lousy plot. Waste of library funding.

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JeanieG
Jul 28, 2017

Blow Up is a cultural classic on so many levels. Reading the other comments in this section I can see many missed much of what the movie was about. I think I can safely say it was "an art film", a genre that these days does not generate huge attendance. Blow Up is also from a time (50 plus years ago) when movie going was so so different than it is today.

To me it represents the beginning of the era of Mod and Hippies and Free Love. On another level it is about perceptions, deceptions and reality. On a simple level it is about fashion. And photography. It is definitely a movie that can be watched multiple times. The copy I checked out from the Library was a 50th anniversary edition and had a second disc with lots of background and interviews.

sure, a lot of trendy visuals are out of date, yet the enduring value of this top-rated (mine) film is its metaphorical commentary on the sly, subterranean sickness of deception of our human culture(s). the only two films that compete for my top prize are: Gone With the Wind, and the 7th veil.

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Nov 23, 2018

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Les_J
Nov 23, 2018

Sexual Content: nudity, sex

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