MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ARCHIVE
FILMOGRAPHY - FEATURE FILMS
CREDITS
UK 1966 Color 35mm 110minutes
Director
Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriters
Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Edward Bond
Photography
Carlo Di Palma
Music
Herbie Hancock
Cast
David Hemminsa, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Peter Bowles

IMAGES

Blow Up

Blow Up

Blow Up

Blow Up

ABOUT THE FILM
Blow Up

A top-flight photographer secretly takes photos of a couple he sees embracing in a park. Through a series of blow-ups of the many exposures he snaps, he find clues to a murder. Taking a new direction with a new language, setting and editing rhythm, Antonioni makes an intriguing statement on the ambiguous nature of the film medium itself. Neither a portrait of Swinging London nor a bona fide thriller, Blow Up questions the maxim that the camera never lies and sets out into a virtually abstract examination of subjectivity and perception. Carlo Di Palma's camerwork leavens the brew, while the film's finale—a ballless tennis match—became a reference point of the 60's cinema.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre

RESOURCES
VHS: Amazon.com
DVD Review: SlantMagazine.com
Soundtrack CD: Amazon.com

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"The photographer in Blow Up, who is not a philosopher, wants to see things closer up. But it so happens that, by enlarging too far, the object itself decomposes and disappears. Hence there's a moment in which we grasp reality, but then the moment passes. This was in part of the meaning of Blow Up"
—On Blow Up



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