Blow-Up [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1966]

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Special Features

  • Archival interviews with Antonioni and actors David Hemmings and Jane Birkin
  • Blow Up of "Blow Up," a 2016 documentary on the making of the film
  • Conversation from 2016 between Garner and actor Vanessa Redgrave
  • New pieces about Director Michelangelo Antonioni's artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor
  • Newly, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Plus: A book featuring an essay by film scholar David Forgacs, an updated 1966 account of the film's shooting by Stig Björkman, the questionnaires the Director distributed to photographers and painters while developing the film, and the 1959 Julio Cortazar short story on which the film is loosely based
  • Trailers

Synopsis

Blow-Up
Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production was also his only box office hit, widely considered one of the seminal films of the 1960s. Thomas (David Hemmings) is a nihilistic, wealthy fashion photographer in mod "Swinging London." Filled with ennui, bored with his "fab" but oddly-lifeless existence of casual sex and drug use, Thomas comes alive when he wanders through a park, stops to take pictures of a couple embracing, and upon developing the images, believes that he has photographed a murder. Pursued by Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), the woman who is in the photos, Thomas pretends to give her the pictures, but in reality, he passes off a different roll of film to her. Thomas returns to the park and discovers that there is, indeed, a dead body lying in the shrubbery: the gray-haired man who was embracing Jane. Has she murdered him, or does Thomas' photo reveal a man with a gun hiding nearby? Antonioni's thriller is a puzzling, existential, adroitly-assembled masterpiece. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • David Hemmings
    David Hemmings - Thomas
  • Vanessa Redgrave
    Vanessa Redgrave - Jane
  • Sarah Miles
    Sarah Miles - Patricia
  • Peter Bowles
    Peter Bowles - Ron
  • John Castle
    John Castle - Painter

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