Blow-Up (+intro)

Blow-Up (+intro)

Blow-Up (+intro)

  • Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Starring Jane Birkin, John Castle, David Hemmings, Sarah Miles, Vanessa Redgrave
  • GBR, ITA | 111mins | 1966 | rated (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 51m

Part of the 'A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe' strand.

The refined visual style of Italian maestro Michelangelo Antonioni collides with swinging 60s London in this story of a man who may have unwittingly photographed a murder.

Taking a break from his hedonistic lifestyle, fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) snaps two lovers in a park, only to discover apparent evidence of a murder in the background of his shots when they’re developed.

Working from a script by his regular collaborator Tonino Guerra and the radical English playwright Edward Bond, Michelangelo Antonioni is less concerned with the thriller aspects of the plot than with exploring questions of perception. Thanks to his oblique touch, this document of London’s swinging 60s – complete with modish models, The Yardbirds live at the Marquee and a groovy score by the young ‘Herbert’ Hancock – has lasted better than other products of the scene. It’s also a fascinating examination of a professional photographer at work.

The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the front-tier of the downstairs seating area.