Antonioni’s London in Blow-up

Antonioni’s London in Blow-up  is exciting, artistic, inclusive, open-minded and a bit queer. It’s  full of different kinds of people but with an accent on youth, photography, music, art and fashion. It values old things. Grey cement blocks and old red-brick buildings are the backdrop to new and exciting ways of being with new, more open-minded attitudes to sex that are still anchored in ages-old sexism and in which the pull of a certain kind of realism  is over-ridden by a clash of modernist impulses, conveyed graphically. It’s a place of unsolved murders where mimes cavort, justice is sought,  but alienation dominates, albeit in green spaces. Why do I think this? See below:

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Cement blocks as backdrops to new ways of being

 

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Nuns and Beefeaters (It’s an Italian’s London)

 

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Rolls Royce convertibles against old bric
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Veroushka
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photography, fashion, the thrust of the camera; new sex, old macho posturings

 

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graphic designs; modernist studios rendered from old places
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fashion
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ART
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Queers
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Antiques
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Green parks and smart tayloring
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An old realism for old people suffering from old hardships
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People from all over the world
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Anti-nuke protests for peace
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Vanessa Redgrave
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Murder revealed; murder unsolved.
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Jane Birkin, nude, in a frolicksome threesome
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Sarah Miles, having sex with one but looking at another
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gigs
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Busy streets with cool shops
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Flower power parties
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Drugs
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Old buildings with great views of the Thames
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Mimes playing tennis in green parks
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Alienation in green and pleasant fields.

José Arroyo

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