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Blow-Up Rated 15

Blow-Up

Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Italy/UK, 1966. 1h 51m. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles, Verushka, Julian Chagrin.

Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production is widely considered one of the seminal films of the 1960s. A nihilistic fashion photographer in Swinging London unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for two Oscars (inc. Best Director).

Whether there was a murder isn't the point. The film is about a character mired in ennui and distaste, who is roused by his photographs into something approaching passion.’ ★★★★★ Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com

‘Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation.’ ★★★★★ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine


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