THE VINTAGE VISUAL EXCELLENCE OF MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI’s BLOW UP

Presenting an Outstandingly Excellent scene from Blow Up, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni‘s first English language masterpiece, featuring Her Excellency Veruschka, legendary supermodel (now artist) as Herself and Doug Hemmings, as the mod photographer, using Hasselblad SLR and Pentax Spotmatic cameras loaded with TRI-X 400 and High Speed Ektachrome 160 ASA film. The 1968 movie, about a photographer’s accidental and incidental involvement with a murder, also starred Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, and Jane Birkin, with musical score by Herbie Hancock, and was based, in part, on the life and escapades of Swinging 1960s London photographer David Bailey. Says Stephen E. Bowles of Film Reference: “Although the life-styles represented in Blow-Up may now seem dated, they did not, of course, account for Antonioni’s attraction to the situation. In fashionable London, as recorded by the candid photography of the mid-1960s Antonioni found one of his most memorable metaphors. Blow-Up is a film about both a society decaying from within and a photograph’s ability to record an instant of truth. Both of these factors affect the young and successful photographer who is at the center of both the film and his fashionable milieu.”

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