• Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

  • UK/Italy/USA, 1966, 111 mins, DCP

  • Cast: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin

Antonioni in English, bringing a Palme d’Or at Cannes and box office success – in part because of its challenges to Hollywood’s censorship of sex. Starting from a story by Argentine author Julio Cortázar, Antonioni follows trendy London fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) as he grows uneasy in his swinging world of beauty, drugs and parties. A chance photograph and encounter with a woman brings him into a world of mysteries, lies and even murder… or are these all illusions? The legendary pantomime tennis match provides the ideal finale and challenges us with shifting layers of vision, music and meaning.

1967 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or

Further Readings:
Blow-up, From Defining Modernity: Michelangelo Antonioni (Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, 2009)



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