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Paul Jensen

BLOW UP (1966) 5 stars

Antonioni's most accessible, yet enigmatic masterpiece. Perfectly capturing swinging London of the 60s. The theme of individuality versus the masses has rarely been explored so brilliantly. Every frame is worthy of being hung in a museum. This is the film that changed Hollywood forever. By being an "art film" that actually made a huge profit, Hollywood studios began to look towards the artists for answers. (The success of the film was also helped that Blow Up had full-frontal female nudity as well as Jimmy Page rockin' out). The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider followed but it was Antonioni that began that water slide. For the next 15 years, the artist ruled in Hollywood.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni