Blow-Up (1966)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Blow-Up

The Movie and the Man
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D., Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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It is London in the 1960s, and Thomas is a famous fashion photographer whose disillusionment is reflected in the drug parties he frequents, the casual sex he engages in, and the mechanical detachment he exhibits in his work. One day, he photographs a rendezvous between two lovers in a park; then, later, after developing the film, he begins to suspect that he has photographed a murder. Or has he?

Inspired by the 1959 short story “Las babas del diablo” (“The Devil's Drool”) by Julio Cortázar, Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966) is a mesmerizing work about voyeurism and perception that is a murder mystery, a view into “Swinging London”, and one of the greatest films ever made about watching and making movies. It was also an international box-office success and winner of the top prize at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. Among the praise lavished upon the film, Arthur Knight wrote that Blow-Up would be “as important and seminal a film as Citizen Kane, Open City, and Hiroshima, Mon Amour—perhaps even more so.” Since its release, Blow-Up has influenced a number of directors, most notably among them Francis Ford Coppola and Brian De Palma, whose respective works, The Conversation and Blow-Out, are directly inspired by it. Join us to learn why the first English-language film by Antonioni (L'Avventura, Red Desert) has impacted generations of artists.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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    6:30pm 2018-02-21 18:30:00 2018-02-21 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Blow-Up Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA