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Blow-Up (1966, David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave)



In suspenseful drama Blow Up, Oscar nominated for best director and best picture, a trendy British photographer accidentally photographs what he believes is a crime. David Hemmings plays Thomas, a hot new photographer that shoots models by day and parties by night. While taking photos in a park one day, he sees an interesting couple and takes their photo. But the woman (Vanessa Redgrave), clearly aggravated, demands the film. Thomas refuses, and when he develops the film, he comes to believe he has captured a murder. For the first time in years, Thomas, wrapped up in the horrifying mystery, rediscovers his passion for photography.

Julio Cortazar, who wrote the short story on which Blow Up was based, appears briefly in the film. He is one of the homeless men photographed by Thomas.

production details
UK | MGM – Premier | 111 minutes | 1966

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Producer: Carlo Ponti
Original Story: Michelangelo Antonioni, Julio Cortazar
Director of Photography: Carlo Di Palma
Composer: Herbie Hancock
Script: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra

David Hemmings as Thomas
Vanessa Redgrave as Jane
Julian Chagrin as Mime
Sarah Miles as Patricia
Jane Birkin as The Blonde
John Castle as Bill
Veruschka von Lehndorff as Verushka
Gillian Hills as The Brunette
Peter Bowles as Ron
Claude Chagrin as Mime
Jimmy Page as Himself