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Blowup

Blowup DVD cover
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Michelangelo Antonioni
Tonino Guerra
Edward Bond (dialogues)
Starring Vanessa Redgrave
Sarah Miles
David Hemmings
Music by Herbie Hancock
Cinematography Carlo Di Palma
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Release date(s) Flag of the United States December 18, 1966
Flag of the United Kingdom January, 1967
Running time 111 min
Language English
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Blowup (also rendered as Blow-Up) is an award-winning 1966 British-Italian art film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and was that director's first English language film. It tells the story of a photographer's involvement with a murder case. The film was inspired by the short story "Las Babas del Diablo" by Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar, and by the work, habits, and mannerisms of Swinging London photographer David Bailey. In mathematics, blowing up is a type of geometric modification, particularly applied in algebraic geometry, where it is essential in birational geometry. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1966 films | British films | Italian films ... DVD cover scan from the movie Blow-Up, personal scan, claiming fair use (does not detract from original work, scanned from legal copy, image is of sufficiently low resolution). ... Michelangelo Antonioni (September 29, 1912 - July 30, 2007) was an Italian modernist film director whose films are widely considered as some of the most influential in film aesthetics. ... Carlo Ponti (December 11, 1912 – January 9, 2007) was an Italian film producer with over 140 production credits. ... Michelangelo Antonioni (September 29, 1912 - July 30, 2007) was an Italian modernist film director whose films are widely considered as some of the most influential in film aesthetics. ... Tonino Guerra - Italian screenwriter who has collaborated with some of the most prominent writers of the world. ... Edward Bond (born July 18, 1934) is an English playwright, theatre director, theorist and screenwriter. ... Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an Academy Award winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, one of the enduring theatrical dynasties. ... Sarah Miles (b. ... David Hemmings in Blowup David Hemmings (18 November 1941 – 3 December 2003) was an English movie actor and director, whose most famous role was the photographer in Michelangelo Antonionis Blowup in 1966 (opposite Vanessa Redgrave), one of the films that best represented the spirit of the 1960s. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Carlo Di Palma (April 17, 1925, Rome, - July 9, 2004, Rome) was an Italian cinematographer, renowned for his work on both color and black-and-white films, who collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni (Il deserto rosso (1964); Il provino (1965); Blowup (1966); Identificazione di una donna (1982)), Woody Allen (Hannah and... Leo the Lion in the MGM logo since 2001 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, was, until 2005, a media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... U.S. theatrical release poster for German New Wave director Werner Herzogs 1973 drama Aguirre: The Wrath of God An art film (also called an “art cinema”, “art movie”, or in the US, an independent film or “art house film”) is a typically serious, noncommercial, independently made film that... Michelangelo Antonioni (September 29, 1912 - July 30, 2007) was an Italian modernist film director whose films are widely considered as some of the most influential in film aesthetics. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Motto: En Unión y Libertad (English: In Union and Liberty) Anthem: Himno Nacional Argentino Capital Buenos Aires 34°20′ S 58°30′ W Largest city Buenos Aires Official languages Spanish Government President Democratic Republic Néstor Kirchner Independence - May Revolution - Declared - Recognised from Spain May 25, 1810... Julio Cortázar. ... Swinging London is a catchall term applied to a variety of dynamic cultural trends in the United Kingdom (centred in London) in the second half of the 1960s. ... This article is about the English photographer. ...


Blowup stars David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, and Jane Birkin. The screenplay was written by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, with the English dialogue being written by British playwright Edward Bond. The film was produced by Carlo Ponti, who had contracted Antonioni to make three English language films for MGM (the others were Zabriskie Point and The Passenger). David Hemmings in Blowup David Hemmings (18 November 1941 – 3 December 2003) was an English movie actor and director, whose most famous role was the photographer in Michelangelo Antonionis Blowup in 1966 (opposite Vanessa Redgrave), one of the films that best represented the spirit of the 1960s. ... Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an Academy Award winning English actress and member of the Redgrave family, one of the enduring theatrical dynasties. ... Sarah Miles (b. ... John Castle (born 14 January 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England) is an actor. ... Birkin in 2005 Jane Birkin OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an actress and singer. ... Tonino Guerra - Italian screenwriter who has collaborated with some of the most prominent writers of the world. ... Edward Bond (born July 18, 1934) is an English playwright, theatre director, theorist and screenwriter. ... Carlo Ponti (December 11, 1912 – January 9, 2007) was an Italian film producer with over 140 production credits. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Zabriskie Point is a 1970 film by Michelangelo Antonioni that depicts the U.S. counterculture movement of that time. ... The Passenger (Professione: reporter) is a film directed and co-written by Michelangelo Antonioni, released in 1975, in which Jack Nicholson stars as a reporter in Africa who assumes the identity of a dead stranger. ...

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Synopsis

The story concerns a photographer (Hemmings) who may or may not have inadvertently preserved evidence of a murder, which may or may not involve a woman (Redgrave) who visits the photographer in his studio. As is typical with Antonioni films, the story does not follow a conventional narrative structure.

David Hemmings

As a professional photographer, the main character mixes with the rich and famous in the London of the sixties. One day he chances upon two lovers in a park and takes photos of them. The woman of the couple pursues him, eventually finding his apartment and desperately trying to get the film. This leads the photographer to investigate the film, making blowups (enlargements) of the photos. This process seems to reveal a body, but the director cleverly uses the heavy film grain and black and white imagery to obscure the image. This drives the photographer to keep making blowups and try to find the truth. Image File history File links Hemmings_blowup. ... Image File history File links Hemmings_blowup. ... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ...

She asks for the pictures.

He does eventually find the body in the park, but this time, unfortunately and surprisingly, he is without his camera. He tries to get a friend to act as witness, but later the body is gone. The viewer never learns whether there has been a real murder or not. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x576, 175 KB) Summary From the movie Blow-Up. Licensing This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and possibly also by any actors... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x576, 175 KB) Summary From the movie Blow-Up. Licensing This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and possibly also by any actors...


Ultimately, the film is about reality and how we perceive it or think we perceive it. This aspect is stressed by the final scene, one of many famous scenes in the film, when the photographer watches a mimed tennis match and, after a moment of amused hesitation, enters the mimes' own version of reality by picking up the invisible ball and throwing it back to the two players. A tight shot shows his continued watching of the match, and, suddenly, we even hear the ball being played back and forth. Another version of reality has been created. Then, at the very end, Hemmings, standing all alone in the green grass of the park, suddenly disappears, removed by his director, Antonioni.


Celebrity appearances

The film contains appearances from various famous people of the day, and some people who would become famous later.


In a scene near the end, The Yardbirds perform, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck play side by side until Beck smashes his guitar, Beck destroyed a guitar for first time ever. Michael Palin of Monty Python's Flying Circus fame can be seen very briefly in the crowd in this scene,[citation needed] and future media personality Janet Street-Porter can be seen dancing in stripey trousers. Not to be confused with Yard Birds. ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... This article is about the television series. ... Janet Street-Porter née Bull[1] (born 27 December 1946) is a BAFTA award-winning British editor, journalist, media personality, television presenter and producer. ...


Antonioni had considered using the bands Tomorrow,[citation needed] He also considered The Velvet Underground, but guitarist Sterling Morrison's drug convictions prevented the band from getting work permits in the United Kingdom.[1] Tomorrow (previously known as The In Crowd and before that as Four Plus One) were a 1960s psychedelic rock band. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr (East Meadow, New York, August 28, 1942 – August 30, 1995 in Poughkeepsie, NY) was one of the founding members of influential rock group The Velvet Underground, playing lead, rhythm and bass guitar and singing backing vocals. ...


Filming locations

The first scene (with the mimes acting) was filmed on the Plaza of The Economist Building (Piccadilly, London, 1959-64, project by Alison and Peter Smithson). The park scenes were filmed at Maryon Park, Charlton, southeast London, and the park is little changed since the making of the film. The street with the many maroon-coloured shop fronts is Stockwell Road, and the shops belonged to motorcycle dealer Pride & Clark. The scene where Thomas sees the mysterious woman from his car, then proceeds to follow her, was shot in Regent Street, London. He stops at Heddon Street, where the cover shot of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust LP was later photographed.[citation needed] The Economist is a weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd and edited in London, UK. It has been in continuous publication since September 1843. ... Piccadilly is a major London street, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... English architects Alison Smithson (1928-1993) and Peter Smithson (18 September 1923-3 March 2003) together formed an architectural partnership, and are often associated with the Brutalist style. ... Maryon Park is in Charlton, London, situated on the A206 Woolwich Road (the opposite side to the Thames Barrier) The park includes Coxs Mount, which was used by the Romans as a hill fort, which was discovered in 1915. ... Charlton is an area in south-east London, in the London Borough of Greenwich, located between Greenwich and Woolwich. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The A203 is a primary A road in South London. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... Pride & Clark was a family-run company in South London which traded as a dealer in motorcycles, spares and accessories. ... The Quadrant at the bottom of Regent Street. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is a 1972 concept album by David Bowie, praised as the definitive album of the 1970s by Melody Maker magazine. ...


Controversy

Blowup was controversial for its sexual content: it was the first British film to feature full frontal female nudity. MGM failed to obtain approval for it from the MPAA Production Code in America, but released anyway through their subsidiary Premier Productions, a key event in the Code's eventual collapse. Nudity in film is the appearance in motion pictures of people without clothing. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... The Production Code (also known as the Hays Code) was a set of industry guidelines governing the production of American motion pictures. ...


Awards

Academy Awards

The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...

BAFTA Awards

  • Nominated: Best British Film - Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Nominated: Best British Art Direction (Colour) - Assheton Gorton
  • Nominated: Best British Cinematography (Colour) - Carlo Di Palma

This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film for each year, in addition to the retired earlier versions of those awards. ...

Cannes Film Festival

Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ...

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best English-Language Foreign Film

Influence

Brian De Palma's Blow Out (1981), starring John Travolta, which alludes to Blowup, used sound recording rather than photography as its central motif. In the DVD commentary to his 1974 film The Conversation, which is also about sound recording, Francis Ford Coppola said he, too, was inspired by Blow Up in writing the screenplay. Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a prolific, and controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... Blow Out is a 1981 film by Brian DePalma starring John Travolta as Jack Terry, a movie sound effect technician from Philadelphia who, while recording sounds for a low-budget horror film, accidentally captures audio evidence of the possible assassination of the Pennsylvania governor who was planning to run for... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. ... The Conversation is an Academy Award nominated 1974 mystery thriller about audio surveillance, written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Teri Garr, and Cindy Williams; it also features an early performance by Harrison Ford and an uncredited appearance from Robert Duvall. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ...


In Mel Brooks's film High Anxiety, a minor plot line involves a bumbling chauffeur who takes a picture showing the evil assassin (wearing a latex mask of Brooks's character's face) firing a gun at point-blank range at someone; he makes blow-ups until he can see the real Brooks's character, standing in the elevator in the background. (Technically speaking, the chauffeur does not make blow-ups; the joke is that he simply makes bigger and bigger enlargements until he has one the size of a wall.) This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film directed by and starring Mel Brooks. ...


Indie filmmaker Jonathan Blitstein has said that the last scene of his 2007 film Let Them Chirp Awhile was trying to evoke the tennis ball scene at the end of Blowup. A line in the film during which actor Justin Rice as "Bobby" mentions to "Dara" played by actress Laura Breckenridge his love for the famous "tennis ball scene" was deleted from the final cut. Jonathan Blitstein (born in Lake Forest, Illinois) is an American indie filmmaker. ... Let Them Chirp Awhile is an independent film comedy by Jonathan Blitstein which was filmed in eighteen days in New York, NY during October 2006. ... Justin Rice is an American musician and actor. ... Category: ...


This film also inspired the Indian movie Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, in which two photographers inadvertently capture the murder of a city mayor on their cameras and later discover this when the images are enlarged. The park in which the murder occurs is aptly named "Antonioni Park". The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the ticket sales and the number of films produced annually (877 feature films and 1177 short films were released in the year 2003 alone). ... Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (Who Pays the Piper in English. ...


The comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery features a parody of the scene in which Hemmings' character photographs a model while barking commands and voicing enthusiasm. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, directed by Jay Roach, is the first film of the Austin Powers series. ...


This film also has a heavy influence on the music video for Amerie's "Take Control", from her 2007 album, Because I Love It.[2] Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980[1]), known professionally as Amerie, is a Grammy Award-nominated American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model. ... For other uses, see Take Control (disambiguation). ... Because I Love It is the third studio album by American R&B singer Amerie. ...


See also

  • Assassinations in fiction

// This is a list of fictional stories in which assassinations feature as an important plot element. ...

External links

  • Blowup at the Internet Movie Database
  • Collection of pictures taken on the set
  • Alternative Film Guide in depth review of film DVD
  • Where Did They Film That? — film entry
  • Peter Bowles about Blow-Up's filming

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga, Uptight: The Story of 'The Velvet Underground.
  2. ^ "NEW RELEASE: Amerie "Take Control"". Video Static. January 9, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2007.

Victor Bockris is an England-born, U.S.-based author, primarily of biographies of artists, writers, and musicians. ... Gerard Joseph Malanga (born March 20, 1943) is a North American poet, photographer, filmmaker, curator and archivist. ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Further information

  • Brunette, Peter. Audio commentary on the 2005 DVD (Iconic Films).
  • Hemmings, David. Blow-Up… and Other Exaggerations: The Autobiography of David Hemmings.
Preceded by
A Man and a Woman tied with
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival
1967
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