Blow Up

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(1966, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 111 mins., NR)

Blow Up film poster. Image courtesy of Photofest.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967, and generally acknowledged as the zeitgeist film of the era, Antonioni’s Blow-Up is a film about apathy and passion, convention and conscience, perception and voyeurism. Set in swinging London, the taut plot hinges on a mod, nihilistic fashion photographer who inadvertently shoots evidence of a murder, and a dangerous woman (Vanessa Redgrave) who knows more than she admits. Blow-Up was an international box-office success and marked a milestone in liberalized attitudes toward sexuality in popular film. Puzzling, existential, and adroitly-assembled, Blow-Up is one of the greatest films ever made about the act of watching. Introduced by cultural critic David Hoppe. Shown in 35 mm as part of a film series related to the IMA exhibition Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard

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