Antonioni's Blow-Up Hardcover – 3 May 2011
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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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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.