Blow-Up

Blow-Up (1966) is a controversial British-Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni that examines the existential nature of reality through photography. The film tells the story of Thomas, a successful yet cynical and jaded fashion photographer in London who uncovers evidence of a possible murder in the background of a series of pictures he’s taken in a park.

“As Thomas moves between his darkroom and the blowups, we recognize the bliss of an artist lost in what behaviorists call the Process; he is not thinking now about money, ambition or his own nasty personality defects, but is lost in his craft. His mind, hands and imagination work in rhythmic sync. He is happy.” – Ebert

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