Blowup

Was David Hemmings good in anything? The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) maybe, in a straightforward role with a very good director (Tony Richardson). But with an Italian director (Michelangelo Antonioni) making his first film in English (1966)—a director who was more interested in the shot than the actor in it—Hemmings had to fall back on his own meagre resources. So he telegraphs his actions—'I'm looking for something, looking, looking, damn it's not here' … which was obvious all along—and sends the emotions by Morse code, mostly dashes.

As for the film, all that looking at the Park and at endless photos of what may or may not be in it, is very tedious—which it tries to make up for with some gratuitous disrobing, including stripping teenage girls naked—which does nothing for the story except to make it last longer; but perhaps the director enjoyed it.

Francis Coppola took some of the basic ideas and did much more with them in The Conversation (1974)—and without the bullshit Continental philosophy that hangs around Blowup (1966). His mime is much better too.

Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)


Garry Gillard | New: 26 February, 2017 | Now: 6 March, 2017