Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

110 minutes| UK| 1967| Colour| 35mm

Italian maestro Michelangelo Antonioni made the subject of alienation a fashionable theme in European art cinema of the 1960s. In Blow Up, David Hemmings plays a fashion photographer in ‘Swinging London’ of the mid-’60s who discovers that he may have unwittingly photographed a murder in a park. His efforts to discover the truth by manipulating the images he captured – a tour de force sequence that sums up the entire film – only leads to further uncertainties. Insecurity and alienation have now reached such a pitch of intensity that the Antonioni protagonist has come to doubt even the validity of his own perceptions.

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