Drama | English | 111 minutes

Wandering in a London park, Thomas, a fashion photographer, takes photos of lovers embracing. Jane, the woman, runs after him demanding he give her the exposed film. He refuses. She tracks him to his studio, removes her shirt, and to get the film she attempts to seduce him. Thomas gives her the wrong roll. After Jane leaves Thomas blows up the roll. Shockingly, one of the photos showed what looked like a murder taking place. Thomas begins to make prints of each photo as he begins to notice a gunman in the bushes and a man, presumably dead, lying on the ground. Thomas surmises that Jane was having an adulterous affair. Feverishly, Thomas continues to look at the prints trying to understand what really happened in the park.
David Hemmings (Thomas) / Vanessa Redgrave ( Jane)
Why Stream This Film?
Martin Scorsese listed Blow-up as “one of 39 essential films young filmmakers should see.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 87%
  • Metacritic Score: 82
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Director (Michelangelo Antonioni); Best Original Screenplay (Antonioni, Tonino Guerra and Edward Bond)
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Winner, Palm d’Or
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Film
  • National Society of Film Critics: Winner, Best Film; Best Director (Michelangelo Antonioni)
“A meditation on Swinging London. BLOW-UP is a movie to appreciate – if not ponder.”

Village Voice

“Over three days recently, I revisted BLOW-UP in a shot-by-shot analysis. Freed from the hype and the fashion, it emerges as a great film.”
Roger Ebert

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