Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Blow-up" Plot Summary

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Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Julio Cortazar, Tonino Guerra, Edward Bond Director: Michelangelo Antonioni 
Produced by: Carlo Ponti 
Released in: 1966

Summary by Cretu Irina


Plot summary:

   "Blow-up" represents one of the most influential films of the 1960s. Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni impressed the cinema lovers with his ambiguous, existential masterpiece. The characters are interesting young stylish people living in tumultuous London of the 1960s. The main character, Thomas (David Hemmings), is a wealthy fashion photographer bored with his excited lifestyle and looking for healing of the soul, fact that seems possible for him besides a neighbor (Sarah Miles), but she is involved in a relationship with a painter. He spends his days in routine photo shoots with model Verushka, and his nights visiting flophouses in order to take pictures for his book of fashion photography.

One day, his monotonous existence is interrupted after wandering through a park and taking some photos of a couple. The woman ( Vanessa Redgrave) notices his presence and runs after him desperately wanting the film back.

Thomas refuses her and she follows him to his home, where she tries to seduce him in order to steal the film. He finally gives her the film, but the wrong roll. Afterwards, he blows up the photos and discovers that he might have witnessed a murder. This scene is interrupted by the appearance of two fashionable girls who come up to his home, where they engage in a wild play on the floor. Suddenly, Thomas cuts off playing and send them away and the story returns to its dark mysterious point. He analyses once more the blowups and sees the woman looking towards some bushes where he notices a man with a gun in his hand. Curious and intrigued, the photographer returns to the park and sees a man lying dead on the ground. It is though not certain if he witnessed a murder, and later, the body, the photographs and the woman disappear like they melted in the air.

The film is wrapped in mystery and eccentric scenes that made emphasize the real talent of Michelangelo Antonioni. 

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