Blow Up di Blow Up
Void Generator, Giovanni Bettinelli
Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece Blow up is fifty-years-old. This
documentary reconstructs, through interviews, the director’s journey in swinging
London during the making of his film in 1966.
Among those interviewed is Antonioni’s ex-dialogue assistant Piers Haggard, in
his first experience with the cinema before becoming a prolific director himself,
the photographer David Montgomery, celebrated for his photos of rock legends,
whose studio Antonioni visited to witness first-hand the techniques of fashion
photography, and Jill Kennington, one of the most frequently photographed
models on the London fashion scene, who took part in one of Blow up’ s most
Several protagonists of Sixties London’s counterculture also participate, including
the writer Barry Miles, Clare Peploe, Antonioni’s friend at the time and later a
director and screenwriter in her own right, Simon Napier-Bell, the former
manager of The Yardbirds, the band that appears in the film.
A very rare interview with the widow of Ian Stephenson, the painter on whom
Antonioni based the character of the artist and whose paintings are shown in the
film, and a never seen before footage of young David Hemmings playing the poet
Dylan Thomas for the theatre, complete the rich amount of visual contributions.
The documentary also revisits the film’s principal locations, including the studio where the scenes with the models were shot, and the park in which the famous photography sequence with David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave and the final tennis match took place. All these are brought back to life through the beautiful on-set photographs preserved in the Fondo Antonioni, the archive located in the Council of Ferrara.