12 July 2010

This Wedneday, The Box plays host to Michaelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 classic Blow-up as part of the Persistence of Vision exhibition. The director’s first British film explores the psyche of Swinging Sixties London through the eyes of a hipster photographer, portrayed by David Hemmings. Filtering his view of the world through his camera, Hemmings’ unnamed protagonist stumbles across what he believes to be a murder.

Antonioni’s impulsive, seemingly arbitrary film takes in sex, rock and roll and propellers, painting a portrait of alienation in Mod London. The Italian director gave an interview in Rome three years after the film’s release in which he discusses in depth the it’s technical and thematic construction, as well as his views on morality, perception, and film-making in general.