1hr 51mins

Set against the hedonistic backdrop of Swinging 60s London, this sexy mystery thriller from Italian maestro, Michaelangelo Antonioni (Red Desert, The Passenger), centres on young mod photographer, Thomas (David Hemmings), as he takes a break from the party lifestyle.

Michelangelo Antonioni

With his days swallowed up by endless fashion shoots, Thomas spends his free time at night in the city’s dosshouses trying to find more interesting subject matter to capture. When he follows a couple into a park and photographs them engaged in what looks like either flirting or fighting, he has no inkling of the drama that his photographs will embroil him in later.

Inspired by Julio Cortázar’s short story “Las Babas del Diablo”, this gloriously deadpan film was an instant success when it first landed in cinemas in 1967, helping to usher in an a new “film generation” that saw the production of groundbreaking titles such as Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967), The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) and Easy Rider (Dustin Rikert and Dennis Hopper, 1969) to name just a few.

Whilst its explicit nudity and sexual content was in direct breach of Hollywood’s Motion Picture Production Code at the time of its release, the film’s roaring success at the box office and with critics heavily influenced the abandonment of the code the following year.

With Vanessa Redgrave starring alongside Hemmings as the sexy and seductive Jane, a groovy musical score by Herbie Hancock, and 1 hour and 52 minutes of superbly executed scenes from one of the twentieth century’s most talented directors, it’s no surprise that Blow-up has achieved classic status.


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