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"The Aesthete" ANTONIONI: Blow-Up

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2007
Time: 8:30 PM
Calendar9/16/2007 5:30:00 PM9/16/2007 5:30:00 PMAmerica/Los_Angeles"The Aesthete" ANTONIONI: Blow-Up At Miami Beach Cinematheque512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139Website:

Miami Beach Cinematheque
512 Espanola Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Phone: (305) 673-4567
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Silenced July 30, 2007:
“The Dreamer” and “The Aesthete”

“Before them, films were just movies...By an awful and uncanny coincidence — the kind of occurrence that, in a movie, would have to be taken as symbolic lest it seem altogether preposterous — Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman died on the same day. Since Mr. Bergman was 89 and Mr. Antonioni 94, neither man’s death came as much of a shock, but the simultaneity was startling. Not only because they were both great filmmakers, but more because, in their prime, Mr. Antonioni and Mr. Bergman were seen as the twin embodiments of the idea that a filmmaker could be, without qualification or compromise, a great artist.”—A.O Scott NY Times, August 2007

“The Aesthete” (1912-2007) ANTONIONI:
Blow-Up (1966)

With David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave,
Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin, Veruska

In one of the most influential films in history, Antonioni’s English debut is his up-to-the minute version of “through a glass darkly” where everyone sees only what they want to see in individual worlds that may or may not collide, the *image* is the most important thing. Aesthetically, Antonioni presents a surface point of view, but underneath is where the real secrets lie. David Hemmings is the hottest fashion photographer in swinging 60’s London, (based roughly on the legendary David Bailey) and he accidentally discovers a possible murder while working (influenced roughly on the then recent JFK assassination). Like our lives, the puzzle is inevitably missing a few pieces, and the solution is up to us without ever finding all the clues, or even, ultimately, the characters.

“It emerges as a great film, if not the one we thought we were seeing at the time” —Roger Ebert

WINNER: Palm d’Or Cannes Film Festival
National Society of Film Critics Best Film, Best Director