Blow-Up

1966, Crime/Drama, 1h 51m

50 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Exquisitely shot and simmering with unease, Michelangelo Antonio's Blow-Up is an enigma that invites audiences to luxuriate in the sensual atmosphere of 1960s London chic. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Jane Birkin
The Blonde
Gillian Hills
The Brunette
Harry Hutchinson
Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Susan Brodrick
Antique shop owner (uncredited)
Mary Khal
Fashion editor (uncredited)
Ronan O'Casey
Jane's lover in park (uncredited)
Tsai Chin
Thomas' receptionist (uncredited)
Jill Kennington
Model (uncredited)
Peggy Moffitt
Model (uncredited)
Rosaleen Murray
Model (uncredited)
Ann Norman
Model (uncredited)
Melanie Hampshire
Model (uncredited)
The Yardbirds
Themselves (uncredited)
Tonino Guerra
Screenwriter
Pierre Rouve
Executive Producer
Herbie Hancock
Original Music
Carlo Di Palma
Cinematographer
Assheton Gorton
Art Direction
Jocelyn Rickards
Costume Designer
Stephanie Kaye
Hair Stylist
Paul Rabiger
Makeup Artist
Donald Toms
Production Manager
Claude Watson
Assistant Director
Mike Le Mare
Sound Editor
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Critic Reviews for Blow-Up

Audience Reviews for Blow-Up

  • Mar 02, 2021
    Thanks, I hate it. A barrage of disjointed, inconsequential storytelling and dialogue. Thomas is a man devoid of meaning, enabled at every turn by folks that follow suit. He makes a discovery only to remain half-ass interested in his own discovery. The passivity of voyeurism would have been an interesting theme if Antonioni actually went anywhere with the concept or raised more questions. Stylistically influential and "captures a movement in history"? Sure. I can acknowledge a film's function of inspiring others to make superior films while also admitting that the film itself is not substantial. 'Blow-Up' is empty, toothless hooey that waits until the last 30 minutes to kind of be about something that might bear any consequence, psychologically, emotionally, or physically, to any character in the film. Oh, the pointlessness IS the point of it all, you say? Congratulations then, it's all yours. This is a film where discussion about it is far more stimulating than the film itself. The kind of film a philosophy major would have a field day with, which I am not.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2017
    24/04/2017 - This film is very similar to watching paint dry, except i think i would find watching paint dry more interesting. By the time the picture comes to its "climax" i was too bored to really care. A pretentious film that just doesn't have enough going on.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2013
    I can see why this is considered a great movie, but I didn't connect with it at all. The first thirty minutes were too slow for me, and while I liked the ending and thought it was very clever, there just wasn't enough to keep me fully interested in the movie.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
    I get what 'Blowup' is about. What's reality and what isn't? Believe me, I get it. I don't need arthouse folk to get in my face and explain the whole film to me because it's actually very simple. It's not hard to understand. Is it an interesting film? Yeah, I guess so. Is it boring? Yeah, I guess so. The truth is I don't really know how I feel about. There are moments that I like, there are moments I find mind-crushingly dull. It doesn't add up to much, but there's enough strangeness in it to make you feel like you haven't totally wasted your time.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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