View Full Version : Should I buy Antonioni's Blow-Up?
08-26-2004, 09:00 PM
This one keeps staring at me when I visit the local DVD store.
It's one of the movies (and director) that influenced Argento's filmmaking and made him choose David Hemmings (RIP) for his protagonist in Deep Red.
Should I be ashamed I haven't bought it yet?
Please convince me why I should or shouldn't buy it.
08-26-2004, 11:53 PM
I've got the criterion LD (so haven't seen the new DVD) and it's been years since i watched it, but...
The "Argento influence" stuff is a bit over stated from what i remember, but Blow up is still worth seeing in it's own right, although probably only worth seeing once. It's got a similar kinda feeling/pace to Don't look now (ie. pretty slow) but has a few exceptional moments... i guess that's where the similarity to Argento comes in. ;)
Get it for the 60's atmosphere + some nice photography, but don't have too high expectations.
08-27-2004, 06:06 AM
It's okay but I think it's highly overrated. I like the feel and atmosphere of the movie, but to me the movie was one big letdown especially the ending. I had also heard great things about it and watched it one night expecting to be blown away. I did like parts of it, but overall it was better than average. David Hemmings was good as the main character, though and for all the trivia fans out there, I believe it was the first film released in theaters that showed any sign of public hair.
08-27-2004, 06:50 AM
I thought it was pretty good, an interesting story and Hemmings was great but i didn't like the ending all that much. I'd say it's worth picking up, i'm glad i have it.
I think it's around $15.00 at Best Buy. I've been considering this purchase as well, but I'm thinking maybe it will go down in price soon. I've only seen the first 10 minutes or so of this movie (on AMC or Bravo), and I liked what I saw as an opener.
08-27-2004, 09:11 PM
I just know I'll end up buying this...
I almost bought this a few months back, the DVD looked to have some interesting features on it, a commentary I think. I'll need to pick this up during that gap between the Dawn of the Dead UE and Thriller.
08-29-2004, 05:38 PM
I thought it was pretty good, an interesting story and Hemmings was great but i didn't like the ending all that much.
The ending was my favorite part. The way this film bucks convention by having a quiet, intimate ending instead of a wild chase or rising action is truly great to watch. The way Antonioni uses long silences is among the best I've ever seen. The entire film is a masterpiece, and was one of the clear inspirations for almost all Europeans and filmmakers of the 70's American New Wave. BLOW-UP, along with its sister film, BLOW OUT, should be in every film lovers collection.
08-29-2004, 05:58 PM
I liked it, Hemmings was incredible in it. His preformance in the film was AS GOOD as his preformance in Deep Red. However, the film itself is VERY slow, nothing much happens, and the ending is a bit of a let-down (even after listening to the last 15 mins of the film with audio commentary the end still didn't make sense). I'd say go for it, though.
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