Blowup (1966) scores a lot of firsts. It was the first Antonioni film made in English. It was the first breast exposure from Vanessa Redgrave. It was also the first full frontal in a mainstream film. The plot is easy to relate, but the meaning of the film has been endlessly debated, and will probably never be settled.

A photographer has just finished shooting a photo essay in a flop house for a coffee table book, and goes to a park for some recreational shooting. He spots Vanessa Redgrave with an older man and becomes curious. He stalks them, taking shot after shot, but she sees him, and demands the film. He tells her she can have it later. She shows up at his studio, and demands the film. After tricking her into sex, he gives her a different roll of film, and develops the shots of her. He is looking a the prints, when he notices that Redgrave is neither looking at the camera, nor the man she is with. He proceeds to make blowup after blowup, eventually figuring out that the man was shot by someone in the bushes. When he goes back to the park, he indeed finds the body, but his shots are missing when he returns to his studio. He tries to get someone to go view the body, but can't. When he returns alone, the body is gone. He starts watching a mimed tennis match with a group of mimes, and eventually buys into their reality.

My read is that Antonioni is examining the nature of reality (is it objective or subjective) and the role of the artist in creating reality. A friend of the photographer paints abstracts, and confides that he has no idea what they mean when he paints them. It is only later that they take on meaning. Obviously, this was also true of the shots in the park. Not only that, but the biggest enlargements looked much like the abstracts.

The photographer buys an old wooden propeller, and tells Redgrave it is beautiful because it is useless. The photographer clearly has his own reality, which he partially creates, but, in the end, accepts the group reality at the faux tennis match. There are no photos and no body. Did the murder really take place? Antonioni never answers the question.

We have breasts from Redgrave, partial breast and buns fro Verushka playing herself, and full frontal from Jane Birkin and Gillian Hills as two wannabe models who provide some comic relief in the middle of the film. IMDb readers have this at 7.4 of 10. It won numerous awards and nominations. The photography, in typical Antonioni fashion, is very nice. The film is also a jab at the new morality of the mod London 60s, and even includes a controversial pot party (which further blurs the entire question of reality). I enjoyed every moment of this film, although it was not heavy on character development, nor was it heavy on plot, and really did not have a lot of pace. Antonioni has told a complex story with images, and it is a compelling one. The genre is pretty much Antonioni, and this is one of his most accessible films. B-.

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