in about 100 words or less
UK, Italy 110m, Colour
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni; Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles
Set in Britain during the “swinging ‘60s” Blowup is at times interesting, but is more often a pretentious drama which follows the daily life of a self-obsessed fashion photographer who accidentally photographs a possible murder victim while shooting landscapes in a park. Also known for the “sexiest scene in cinema history” which now seems a somewhat clichéd photo shoot of the pouty-faced 1960s model Veruschka, Blowup’s most titillating moments arguably involve Vanessa Redgrave’s tastefully topless scenes with Hemmings as she attempts to take back unsolicited photographs he has taken of her. The film’s ambiguous conclusion, which leaves the main character questioning his own reality, while intending to be complex, is at best clever, but is really neither satisfying or significant (Klaus Ming December 2010).