Blow-Up

Blow-Up

Blow-Up

Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language film. A portrait of swinging '60s London under the guise of a thriller, it follows a fashion photographer (David Hemmings) who unwittingly takes a photograph of a murder. Co-stars Vanessa Redgrave. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 1967, time has only raised Blow-Up's stature as a cinema classic.

The movie's counterculture themes and explicit content were in defiance of America's moral censorship guidelines (the Hays Code), and its success was a major factor in its downfall. The Hays Code was abandoned in 1968 and replaced with today's MPAA ratings.

Palme d'Or winner at Cannes Film Festival 1967
1966Rating: M107 minsUK, Italy, USA
DramaMysteryClassic

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

There may be some meaning, some commentary about life being a game, beyond what remains locked in the mind of film's creator... it is doubtful that the general public will get the 'message' of this film.

Time Out

Time Out

press

As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A fascinating picture, which has something real to say about the matter of personal involvement and emotional commitment in a jazzed-up, media-hooked-in world so cluttered with synthetic stimulations that natural feelings are overwhelmed.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Whether there was a murder isn't the point. The film is about a character mired in ennui and distaste, who is roused by his photographs into something approaching passion.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

As maddening to watch as it is absorbing.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

There may be some meaning, some commentary about life being a game, beyond what remains locked in the mind of film's creator... it is doubtful that the general public will get the 'message' of this film.

Time Out

Time Out

press

As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A fascinating picture, which has something real to say about the matter of personal involvement and emotional commitment in a jazzed-up, media-hooked-in world so cluttered with synthetic stimulations that natural feelings are overwhelmed.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Whether there was a murder isn't the point. The film is about a character mired in ennui and distaste, who is roused by his photographs into something approaching passion.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

As maddening to watch as it is absorbing.

4.0

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