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Blow-Up (1966) - Michelangelo Antonioni

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Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up is loosely based on a short story by Cortázar called Las Babas del Diablo in the original and Blow-Up in English; this story can be found in Blow-Up and Other Stories. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_Cort%C3%A1zar [Jul 2006]

Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings in
Blow-Up (1966) - Michelangelo Antonioni [Amazon.com]


  • Blow-Up (1966) - Michelangelo Antonioni [Amazon.com]
    This 1966 masterpiece by Michelangelo Antonioni (The Passenger) is set in the heady atmosphere of Swinging London, and stars David Hemmings as an unsmiling fashion photographer hooked on ephemeral meaning attached to anything: art, sex, work, relationships, drugs, events. When a real mystery falls into his lap, he probes the evidence for some reliable truth, but finds it hard to reckon with. Vanessa Redgrave plays an enigmatic woman whose desperation to cover something up only seems like one more phenomenon in Hemmings's disinterested purview. This is one of the key films of the decade, and still an unsettling and lasting experience. --Tom Keogh, amazon.com

    Blowup is a 1966 art film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, his first to feature an English language screenplay and also the first British film to feature full frontal female nudity. David Hemmings stars. Vanessa Redgrave is also featured. The Yardbirds perform in one scene near the film's end. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blow-Up [Dec 2004]

    End of the production code, start of MPAA film rating system

    The film Blow-Up presented a different problem. After the film was denied Production Code approval, MGM released it anyway, the first instance of an MPAA member company distributing a film that didn't have an approval certificate. There was little the MPAA could do about it. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_Code#The_end_of_the_Code [Dec 2004]

    It was this film and another groundbreaking film, Blow-Up, that lead Jack Valenti to begin work on the MPAA film rating system that went into effect in 1968. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_Afraid_of_Virginia_Woolf%3F [Dec 2004]

    Pubic Hair [...]

    (Michelangelo Antonioni, Great Britain, 1966)

    The famous scene in Blow-Up -- carefully excised in many countries -- in which two stray London "birds" finally involve the photographer in casual sex on the floor. The glimpse of pubic hair was unprecedented. SC --Film As a Subversive Art (1974) - Amos Vogel

    When Michelangelo Antonioni's movie Blow-Up had a couple of naked teen-agers romping through a scene, the Catholic Office of Movie Ratings, which is where and why the U.S. has it's Motion Picture Association Ratings System, gave it a "Condemned" rating... meaning you would suffer the fires of Hell if you did not repent after seeing this film. --via http://feastofhateandfear.com/articles/hair_of.html [Oct 2004]

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