Ciné-Club: Blow Up (Cities)

Our ciné-club theme this month is Cities, starting with Blow-Up (1966). If London is swinging in Antonioni's first feature film in English, it's between ennui and rage, like in this scene with a live performance from the Yardbirds. 

David Hemmings plays an anonymous fashion photographer, around whom gravitates a fantastic cast of women - Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Birkin, Sarah Miles, model Veruschka. The cars, the clothes, the soundtrack (by Herbie Hancock): it's all there, like a time capsule of an epoch, preserved for posterity - or perhaps all made up and as illusory as Hemmings' elusive quest. 

 

The Yardbirds (with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck) playing Stroll On

Blow-up, 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni (110 minutes)