Blowup / Powiększenie

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Michelangelo Antonioni, GBR, ITA, USA 1966, 110'

Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles, Veruschka von Lehndorff, John Castle, Claude Chagrin, Julian Chagrin

The picture was awarded with Palme d'Or in Cannes and went down in cinema history as one of the most important films of all time. The script was based on Julio Cortázar's “Las babas del Diablo” (in English titled “Blowup”). The protagonist, a fashion photographer, becomes witness to a certain situation during one of the photo-shoots in the park. Seeking the truth, he enlarges the photos he made and in the frames he notices the body of an elderly man. Antonioni depicts the helplessness of modern man chasing authenticity, and shows life as never-ending play-pretend. One of the scenes in “Blowup”, where a couple of mimes are hitting an invisible tennis ball, can be read as a metaphor of modern times. .



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