Blow-up

Directed by Michaelangelo Antonioni
  • UK
  • 111 minutes
  • 1966

In a career that spanned almost fifty years, from Cronaca di un Amore to Beyond the Clouds, Michaelangelo Antonioni became one of a handful of directors who defined the possibilities of post-war cinema. To celebrate the centenary of Antonioni’s birth, JDIFF presents a special screening of Blow-Up, his first English language film and one of his most celebrated works, introduced by Antonella Palmieri.

Filmed at the height of Swinging London, Blow-Up stars David Hemmings as a David Bailey-style fashion photographer who stumbles across what appears to be a brutal murder in a London park. To this thriller premise, Antonioni brings his trademark modernist alienation and existential ambivalence as Hemmings’ photographer tries to piece together the crime from clues left on a roll of film. With a memorable soundtrack of jazz and rock and cameos from Jane Birkin and Jimmy Page, Blow-Up is both a snapshot of an era and a landmark in cinema that inspired everyone from Coppola to Mike Myers. - Alistair Daniel, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Antonella Palmieri will give a one hour talk after the film. Antonella Palmieri lectures in Film and Television Studies at the University of Lincoln and the University of East Anglia. Her research interest is broadly concerned with the politics of gender, sexual and ethnic representations in popular culture, with particular regard to Hollywood cinema.

This screenings is kindly supported by the Italian Institute of Culture.

David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles