-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Blow-Up (1966)
Michelangelo Antonioni gave us many films to admire and cherish, films that are considered modern cinema classics. This is all true for his stylish London set film, Blow-Up. A movie designed like a puzzle, you feel like with each viewing you learn something more. Answers to your philosophical questions. But film critic Roger Ebert summarized it best, "What remains is a hypnotic conjuring act, in which a character is awakened briefly from a deep sleep of bored alienation and then drifts away again. This is the arc of the film. Not 'Swinging London.' Not existential mystery. Not the parallels between what Hemmings does with his photos and what Antonioni does with Hemmings. But simply the observations that we are happy when we are doing what we do well, and unhappy seeking pleasure elsewhere. I imagine Antonioni was happy when he was making this film."