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Michelangelo Antonioni

Blow-Up (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 1966
  • 111 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #865

In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni transplanted his existentialist ennui to the streets of swinging London for this international sensation, the Italian filmmaker’s first English-language feature. A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making, Blow-Up takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. Antonioni’s meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color palette breathe life into every frame, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and a cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from a bygone era. Blow-Up is a seductive immersion into creative passion, and a brilliant film by one of cinema’s greatest artists.


DirectorMichelangelo Antonioni
ProducerCarlo Ponti
Executive producerPierre Rouve
ScreenplayMichelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra
StoryMichelangelo Antonioni
English DialogueEdward Bond
Inspired by “Blow-Up,” byJulio Cortázar
Director of photographyCarlo di Palma
Art directorAssheton Gorton
EditorFrank Clarke
Production managerDonald Toms
Sound recordistRobin Gregory
CostumesJocelyn Rickards
MusicHerbert Hancock

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New pieces about director Michelangelo Antonioni’s artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor
  • Blow Up of “Blow Up,” a 2016 documentary on the making of the film
  • Conversation from 2016 between Garner and actor Vanessa Redgrave
  • Archival interviews with Antonioni and actors David Hemmings and Jane Birkin
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by film scholar David Forgacs, an updated 1966 account of the film’s shooting by Stig Björkman, the questionnaires the director distributed to photographers and painters while developing the film, and the 1959 Julio Cortázar short story on which the film is loosely based

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays


Blow-Up: In the Details

By David Forgacs March 28, 2017

In his first English-language feature, Michelangelo Antonioni examines the elusiveness of the real through the lens of a murder mystery. Read more »

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Seventy Years of Cannes: Blow-Up in 1967

By Neil McGlone May 23, 2017

Continuing my trip through Cannes history, today I’m focusing on one of the most celebrated works of Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni, who became an international sensation partly thanks to . . . Read more »



David Hemmings Traces His Path to Blow-Up

March 31, 2017

Like his famously enigmatic landscapes, the performances that anchor Michelangelo Antonioni’s films are integral to his vision of existentialist ennui. Among the most iconic is David Hemmings’s . . . Read more »

Film Essays


Blow-Up: In the Details

By David Forgacs March 28, 2017

In his first English-language feature, Michelangelo Antonioni examines the elusiveness of the real through the lens of a murder mystery. Read more »



A Visit from National Society of Film Critics Cofounder Joe Morgenstern

By Hillary Weston January 09, 2017

Since its inception more than a half-century ago, the National Society of Film Critics has maintained its reputation for championing idiosyncratic and independent voices during the commercially . . . Read more »



Did You See This?

December 16, 2016

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, Adam Scovell visited the film’s unforgettable London locations. Another masterpiece made half a century ago is . . . Read more »

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Repertory Pick: Brian De Palma in Chicago

December 03, 2015

In advance of the upcoming release of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, Chicago’s Music Box Theatre will host a week-long series called Tarantino & Friends that begins . . . Read more »


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