Quick-Thoughts: Michelangelo Antonioni‘s Blow-Up (1966)

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Blow-Up IS the original The Conversation

EXCEPT, despite their similar premises, the two have vastly different thematic goals. Blow-Up feels like a Nicolas Roeg plot trapped inside of an Antonioni-directed and motivated motion picture. The film is essentially a deep-seeded metaphor for how we treat art, attempting to make it appear to ourselves like something as big as reality, if not, bigger than it — hence the movie’s title “Blow-Up”. Thomas is a narcissistic photographer who’s daily work involves taking pictures of beautiful models and bailing out on many, only then to find himself wandering and experimenting with his environment to acquire quality in his art.

Desperation for quality or meaning can sometimes lead us into becoming easier to manipulate. Thomas, exhausted by his artistic journey to reach satisfaction — taking up nearly the entire first half of the movie and for valid reason — , suddenly begins having suspicions in the work he had just taken, believing to have struck gold. Being as vague as possible to not give away spoilers, this causes him to turn a blind eye to the law and others, yet, pull all headspace into his creative ambitions, putting himself through a confusing obsession to take advantage of this moment in his career, a moment that could justify his divine impact to the real world through this lust for art. 

Blow-Up is the pretentious nature of the artist or the interpreter, ladies and gentlemen. We’re all just so dramatic with what we create, including myself… and this review!

Verdict: A-

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“Blow-Up” is now available to stream on HBO Max.

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