BLOW-UP

by Michelangelo Antonioni
BLOW-UP - BLOW-UP

Informations

Nation: UK, Italy, USA

Year: 1966

Length: 111'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

London, the 1960s. Thomas is a successful fashion photographer. Moody and selfish, he spends his days at the wheel of a Rolls Royce convertible, going from photo shoots to parties and dates with beautiful models. When he thinks he has unwittingly photographed a murder, he starts to investigate, attracted by the mystery surrounding the incident. He soon finds himself dealing with a puzzle of missing photos, stolen rolls of film and an unknown woman he suspects is the murderer. And yet, once more, his reality ends up prevailing over the truth. [mp]

Director

Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni (Ferrara, 1912 - Rome, 2007), after receiving a degree in economics, entered the world of theatre and cinema, writing reviews and later enrolling at the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia. After collaborating on the screenplay of A Pilot Returns (1942) by Roberto Rossellini and working as an assistant to Marcel Carné, he debuted in directing with the documentary People of the Po Valley. He debuted in fiction films in 1950 with Story of a Love Affair, which was followed by a series of movies including L’avventura, Red Desert, Blow-Up and The Passenger, making him a reference point in films about modern times. In 1995, he received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Filmography:
Gente del Po (cm, doc., 1947), Cronaca di un amore (1950), La signora senza camelie (1953), I vinti (1953), Le amiche (1955), Il grido (1957), L’avventura (1960), La notte (1961), L’eclisse (1962), Il deserto rosso (1964), Blow-Up (1966), Zabriskie Point (1970), Professione: reporter (1975), ll mistero di Oberwald (1981), Identificazione di una donna (1982), 12 registi per 12 città (ep. Roma, cm, doc., 1989), Al di là delle nuvole (1995), Eros (ep. Il filo pericoloso delle cose, cm, 2004), Lo sguardo di Michelangelo (cm, doc., 2004). 

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Michelangelo Antonioni
soggetto/story
dal racconto/from the short story Las dabas del diablo di/by Julio Cortázar
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra
fotografia/cinematography
Carlo Di Palma
montaggio/film editing
Frank Clarke
costumi/costume design
Jocelyn Rickards
musica/music
Herbie Hancock
suono/sound
Robin Gregory
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Vanessa Redgrave (Jane), Sarah Miles (Patricia), David Hemmings (Thomas), John Castle (Bill), Jane Birkin (la modella bionda/blonde model), Gillian Hills (la modella bruna/brunette model), Peter Bowles (Ron), Veruschka von Lehndorff (Veruschka), Julian Chagrin (il mimo/mime), Claude Chagrin (il mimo/mime)
produttore/producer
Carlo Ponti
produzione/production
Bridge Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


contatti/contacts
Park Circus: Classic Film Distribution
info@parkcircus.com
www.parkcircus.com

Director statement

“I would say my films are political, but not about politics. […] They are political in their approach; they are made from a definite point of view. And they may be political in the effect they have on people. Blow-Up, for example, was not only about a certain life style in London, but it expressed a feeling about that style. And yet I wouldn’t want to put that feeling into words…”

Synopsis Learn more

London, the 1960s. Thomas is a successful fashion photographer. Moody and selfish, he spends his days at the wheel of a Rolls Royce convertible, going from photo shoots to parties and dates with beautiful models. When he thinks he has unwittingly photographed a murder, he starts to investigate, attracted by the mystery surrounding the incident. He soon finds himself dealing with a puzzle of missing photos, stolen rolls of film and an unknown woman he suspects is the murderer. And yet, once more, his reality ends up prevailing over the truth. [mp]

Director All about direction

Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni (Ferrara, 1912 - Rome, 2007), after receiving a degree in economics, entered the world of theatre and cinema, writing reviews and later enrolling at the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia. After collaborating on the screenplay of A Pilot Returns (1942) by Roberto Rossellini and working as an assistant to Marcel Carné, he debuted in directing with the documentary People of the Po Valley. He debuted in fiction films in 1950 with Story of a Love Affair, which was followed by a series of movies including L’avventura, Red Desert, Blow-Up and The Passenger, making him a reference point in films about modern times. In 1995, he received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Filmography:
Gente del Po (cm, doc., 1947), Cronaca di un amore (1950), La signora senza camelie (1953), I vinti (1953), Le amiche (1955), Il grido (1957), L’avventura (1960), La notte (1961), L’eclisse (1962), Il deserto rosso (1964), Blow-Up (1966), Zabriskie Point (1970), Professione: reporter (1975), ll mistero di Oberwald (1981), Identificazione di una donna (1982), 12 registi per 12 città (ep. Roma, cm, doc., 1989), Al di là delle nuvole (1995), Eros (ep. Il filo pericoloso delle cose, cm, 2004), Lo sguardo di Michelangelo (cm, doc., 2004). 

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Michelangelo Antonioni
soggetto/story
dal racconto/from the short story Las dabas del diablo di/by Julio Cortázar
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra
fotografia/cinematography
Carlo Di Palma
montaggio/film editing
Frank Clarke
costumi/costume design
Jocelyn Rickards
musica/music
Herbie Hancock
suono/sound
Robin Gregory
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Vanessa Redgrave (Jane), Sarah Miles (Patricia), David Hemmings (Thomas), John Castle (Bill), Jane Birkin (la modella bionda/blonde model), Gillian Hills (la modella bruna/brunette model), Peter Bowles (Ron), Veruschka von Lehndorff (Veruschka), Julian Chagrin (il mimo/mime), Claude Chagrin (il mimo/mime)
produttore/producer
Carlo Ponti
produzione/production
Bridge Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


contatti/contacts
Park Circus: Classic Film Distribution
info@parkcircus.com
www.parkcircus.com

Director statement Read more

“I would say my films are political, but not about politics. […] They are political in their approach; they are made from a definite point of view. And they may be political in the effect they have on people. Blow-Up, for example, was not only about a certain life style in London, but it expressed a feeling about that style. And yet I wouldn’t want to put that feeling into words…”