November 18th, 2011: Blow-up (1966)

Cast and Crew: Carlo Ponti (Producer); Herbie Hancock (Soundtrack); Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, The Yardbirds

What It’s About: Thomas (David Hemmings) is bored with his life as a fashion photographer.  One day in the park he sees a couple and begins taking pictures of them.  The woman (Vanessa Redgrave) tries everything to get him to give her the roll of film, and eventually Thomas sends her off with the wrong film.  When he blows up the pictures he took in the park, he thinks he may have accidentally photographed a murder…or has he?

Why Watch it Today?:  The late David Hemmings would be celebrating his 70th birthday today.   Blow-Up made Hemmings an international star, a beguiling thriller which ends with the viewer question what, if anything, Thomas actually photographed.  Writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni thoroughly involves the viewer and delivers a gripping story with style.

Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental), iTunes and Vudu, Amazon Instant,  Libraries

Mo Rating for Movember:  Swinging London was not a great environment for Mos, and there are very few in evidence in this film, and all on minor supporting players and in crowd scenes.  1 out of 5 Mos.

3 comments on “November 18th, 2011: Blow-up (1966)

  1. chad says:

    Haha, you know, I’m actually going to be showing this movie to my History of Modern Britain class.

  2. sakara says:

    a long ago era in which street mimes arent regarded as an annoying joke!

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