Blow-Up (1966)


“Nothing like a little disaster for sorting things out.” – Thomas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A playboy photographer in London accidentally takes some pictures in a park that could possibly be proof of an assassination attempt.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite some time, yet never really had the opportunity until now to do so.

The overall premise happens to be a great one and the use of a mistaken snapshot as a way to instill fear and intrigue works quite well.

This overall idea has been reused numerous times in the 52 years since this was made but they always changed the kind of media being used yet they all obviously deal with some form of an artistic profession.

They are able to show here how things in life can be seen differently when one looks more closely and carefully at the fine details of it all.

I was a bit disappointed that the story itself didn’t stay focused enough on the intrigue since it tried to hard to show the extravagant and free lifestyle that this character chooses to live.

He may be a very gifted artist, yet the world he lives in is very superficial and he doesn’t even realize how much danger he has create for himself through this random act of snapping a photo on a clear day.

Bottom Line – Very interesting idea about how even a mistaken snapshot could cause intrigue and fear. Like other films in this kind of genre, the use of a standard artistic profession shows how life can be seen differently when looking carefully and in more detail. The story itself unfortunately deviates a bit too much from the main thriller aspect as they want to show us the extravagant and free lifestyle of a gifted photographer who lives in a world of his own until he realizes that his work has put himself in grave danger. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As a way of bypassing the Production Code (i.e. censors), MGM created “Premiere Productions”. This was a dummy company which had no agreement or affiliation with the Production Code and, therefore, did not have to adhere to its standards. MGM did not have to cut the full frontal nudity or other sexually explicit scenes and maintained all rights to the film. When the film opened to rave reviews and excellent box office, this defeat was considered the final blow for the Production Code’s credibility and was replaced with a ratings system less than two years later. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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