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Blow-Up

Screening on Film
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.
With Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings, Sarah Miles.
UK/Italy/US, 1966, 35mm, color, 111 min.
Print source: Warner Bros.

Michelangelo Antonioni's once controversial, now classic, art thriller defined a pinnacle of his career as a master of ambiguous architectural, emotional and narrative space. His first film shot outside of Italy, Blow-Up made extraordinary use of swinging Sixties’ London as the setting for his gently satiric but ultimately haunting meditation on the ineluctability of the moving, and still, image. Herbie Hancock's wonderful score intertwined jazz, funk and rock to bring a complex richness and resonance to the film's unexpected shifts of tone and the mesmerizing suspension of meaning so quintessential to Antonioni's greatest films. 

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