Blow-Up

Release Date: December 18th, 1966

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2004

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Thomas (David Hemmings) is a London photographer who spends his time photographing fashion models. But one day he thinks he may have photographed something far more sinister: a murder. After taking pictures in the park, Thomas is horrified to find an ambiguous image lurking on the edge of the frame, which could be a shadow, but looks like a gun. The only thing clear is that the woman (Vanessa Redgrave) in the photo has appeared at his studio -- and wants the pictures he took.

Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles, John Castle, Harry Hutchinson

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Bridge Films

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: London, Tense, Investigation, 1960s, Fascinating, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Ed GonzalezSlant Magazine

    Blowup daringly suggests that an image without politics isn’t an image at all. show more

  • 100
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    Blow-Up is moving and influential for the chasms it understands to exist between people, and for its perception of art as unable to bridge those divides. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Whether there was a murder isn't the point. The film is about a character mired in ennui and distaste, who is roused by his photographs into something approaching passion. show more

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated British Cinematography: Colour
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1968)
Nominated British Art Direction: Colour
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1968)
Nominated British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1968)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Foreign Film - English Language