Blow-Up (1966)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

United Kingdom/Italy/USA, 1966Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Michelangelo Antonioni, Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, , English dialogue by , based on the short story Las Babas Del Diablo by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  My Criterions.  

Michelangelo Antonioni’s first film in the English language, starring  as a fashion photographer who examines random photographs he has taken while walking through the park and discovers clues that point to murder. Is what he sees evidence that someone was out to kill, or are things not what they seem?

Vanessa Redgrave is fantastic as the subject of the photos who at first appears to be nothing more than a good time but is actually involved deeper in the plot than he realizes.

A brilliantly clever story that meets with Antonioni’s fantastic sense of camera work, it’s interesting that it took an Italian filmmaker to make the definitive record of swinging-sixties London.

The Criterion Collection:  #865

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Director (Michelangelo Antonioni); Best Original Story and Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Palme D’Or

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best English Language Foreign Film


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