Blow-Up. 1966. Great Britain/Italy/USA. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, based on Julio Cortázar’s short story “The Devil's Drool.” With David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles. 4K digital restoration. 111 min.
Antonioni’s foray into Swinging Sixties London is as metaphysical as it is sexy, a spellbinding picture-puzzle of a film whose erotic charge derives as much from photographer David Hemmings’s determined pursuit of the ever-elusive “truth” contained in his grainy images—most mysteriously, a lovers’ tryst in a deserted park that may or may not have ended in murder—as from his relentless seductions of statuesque fashion models.