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Film: Blowup

Blowup is a 1966 British-Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, his first English-language film. Inspired by the 1959 short story, Las babas del diablo, ("The devil's drool/drivel") by Julio Cortázar, and by Swinging London photographer David Bailey.

The plot follows Thomas (David Hemmings), a fashion photographer. One day following a shot he walks through a park taking pictures of people; one person tracks him back to his studio demanding the film which he gives them. He later discovers what seems to be mysterious figure in a negative and the film follows his experiences in searching for answers to these mysteries.

A box office and critical smash hit with really explicit sexual content for its time, this film was released in direct defiance to The Hays Code by MGM creating a subsidiary label to do it. As a result, the Code was all but done for after that and soon replaced by the present rating system. In short, this film did for its time for cinematic artistic freedom in the 1960s what Showgirls utterly failed to do in the 1990s.

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