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Antonioni's Blow-Up Hardcover – 3 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; 01 edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 386930023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3869300238
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is an excellent companion to Antonioni's mod masterpiece that continues to captivate so many people to this day.

The book begins with a number of black and white publicity stills interspersed with quotes of dialogue, is then followed by the photographic enlargements central to the "blow-up" theme of the film, and concludes with essays by Philippe Garner and David Mellor setting the cultural context in which the film was made. The quality of the printing throughout is quite superb.

It's only minor quibbles that stop me awarding the book a full five stars, but for what it's worth these are:

1] There are no stills from the party scene in Chelsea, despite there being a number produced. I would argue that this omission removes both the visual representation of a key part of the narrative and also perhaps the film's most memorable quote from Veruschka.

2] If I was going to be really picky, to my mind the quality of the typesetting also leaves something to be desired. To my eye the footnote numbers in the body copy seem unduly large and there appears to be excessively large space following each full stop [ie following word-processing rather than typesetting convention]. In addition I'd suggest that some hanging punctuation could well have improved the look of the quotations. As I say, picky indeed, but for me a bit of a shame as I believe the visual content and essays are so good that they merit the quality of typography to be equally excellent.

To conclude I would nonetheless recommend this as an essential purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in this remarkable film, despite it falling just short of what it could have been.
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A wonderful record of an era defining film. Well written and superbly illustrated with great contemporary photographs. A great tribute to all involved in the film (especially my Dad!).
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A really good addition to the film. This hardback book is well made and has plenty of the famous pictures. Just slightly disappointed there are not any colour pictures.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just a coffee table book 10 Jun. 2013
By Guillermo Delfin Fernandez Boan - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a book about Blow Up (the making, technical data, et al) just a bunch of good photographs you already know.
If you are not a fan of Antonioni (or a Blow Up fan) you will find this book meaningless.
If you are a fan of Antonioni (or a Blow Up fan) you dont need this book at all.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 29 April 2014
By record-factory - Published on Amazon.com
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GREAT BOOK - A LOT OF PICTURES NEVER SEEN FROM FILMING THE MOVIE. GREAT QUALITY OF PRINTING - WOULD BUY IT AGAIN!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 9 July 2015
By Mojo Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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Very beautiful photos from the set! Better than expected, a treat for fans of the film.
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