In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni transplanted his existentialist ennui to the streets of swinging London for this international sensation, the Italian filmmaker’s English-language debut. A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making, Blow-Up
takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. Antonioni’s meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color palette breathe life into every frame, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and a cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from a bygone era. Blow‑Up
is a seductive immersion into creative passion, and a brilliant film by one of cinema’s greatest artists.
- •A new piece about director Michelangelo Antonioni’s artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor
- Blow-up of “Blow-Up,” a new 52-minute documentary on the making of the film
- Conversation from 2016 between Philippe Garner and actor Vanessa Redgrave
- Archival interviews with Michelangelo Antonioni and actors David Hemmings and Jane Birkin
- A book featuring an essay by film scholar David Forgacs and more