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BLOW-UP (1966)

  • Jun 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Blow-Up (1966)

Thomas is a successful fashion photographer in the wild, creative "mod" scene of mid-60's London. He is in his darkroom, printing photographs he has just shot of an exotic, beautiful woman in a London park, when he notices something in a photograph that did not catch his attention at the time he shot it. He's not sure he's seeing what he thinks he sees. So he blows the picture up and looks closer. And closer. As he continues to blow up the photograph, things become both clearer and more ambiguous.

If you are intrigued by mid-60's pop culture, this Michelangelo Antonioni film should be on your watch list. The "mod" visuals are striking, as is the music, which includes a score by Herbie Hancock and a live performance by "The Yardbirds."

Starring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles.

"What remains is a hypnotic conjuring act, in which a character is awakened briefly from a deep sleep of bored alienation and then drifts away again. This is the arc of the film. Not 'Swinging London.' Not existential mystery. Not the parallels between what Hemmings [Thomas] does with his photos and what Antonioni does with Hemmings. But simply the observations that we are happy when we are doing what we do well, and unhappy seeking pleasure elsewhere. I imagine Antonioni was happy when he was making this film."

-Roger Ebert

Here is the trailer:

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  • gail r.

    Hi sorry to miss this will you do a rerun ill be in town july 8-11 anything good coming up hope everyone is well

    June 28, 2013

  • Andrea N.

    Last day of FY 2013. I'm going to have to work late tonight.

    June 28, 2013

  • Ryan C.

    sorry y'all my mom and sister just moved down here yesterday and tonight they are having a special dinner. Wish I could see this film with y'all because it is a great film.

    June 26, 2013

  • Derek

    This is a great film. Don't miss it! I'm way behind reading a book for a book meetup the following day. If I get caught up, I'll sign back up if there's space. Have fun!

    1 · June 23, 2013

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