Midweek Movies: Blow-Up


Set in the swinging sixties, Blow-Up is a provocative film about a London-based fashion photographer and his accidental involvement in a murder.

Blow Up is a sneak peek into the world of mod fashion and culture. It tells the story of Thomas (David Hemmings) a high-fashion photographer who got bored with the glamorous-but-vacant lifestyle tied to his profession. Armed with his Nikon F SLR camera, he intended to document the depressing side of London, only to find himself unintentionally engaged in a murder mystery – involving poker-faced models, a suspicious couple, rolls of film and blow-ups.

It was said that the film was inspired by the life of esteemed fashion photographer David Bailey (See some of David Bailey's iconic '60s photographs here).

Watch the trailer:

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written by shhquiet on 2011-09-07 in #lifestyle #sixties #david-bailey #fashion-photography #mod #midweek-movies #film #movie #blow-up


  1. explorette
    explorette ·

    this looks a bit cheesy but great!! ill have to find this :D

  2. mariaratfingers
    mariaratfingers ·

    @explorette oh no, please give it a chance! Antonioni is an awesome filmmaker and the film is based on the story "Las Babas del Diablo" by writer Julio Cortázar, both awesome! i've seen this film several times, it has lots of twists and there's a lot more to it than just the story of a bored fashion photographer. pay special attention to the mimes, i think they have the key to the whole film.

  3. mariaratfingers
    mariaratfingers ·

    oh to be fair, i just wathced the trailer and it does look quite cheesy. trust me, it doesn't do the film much justice.

  4. explorette
    explorette ·

    @mariaratfingers ye, i understand, some trailers back then do not give films much justice. ill keep my eye out for it and give it a go :)

  5. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    @explorette it is really really cheesy! A pretty bad film too!

  6. soundfoodaround
    soundfoodaround ·

    I liked it a lot! Maybe I'm partial to Vanessa Redgrave. But for its memorable scenes- antique store, park, the model shoot sequence- it's worth the watch!

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