Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Deals and Shenanigans. Ring Smart Home Security Systems. Amazon Subscription Boxes Top subscription boxes — right to your door. We have a shot of a green field over which another scene is projected in the form of the letters, and though the green field remains constant, the shots in the letters will change.
Do we count these as different shots or not? I have The letters fairly small and not permitting much of a view, we are not yet able to tell what is going on in them. BLOWUP Now, with the title, the letters enlarge, and with their enlarging we are able to distinguish what is happening within the scene. People crowd around a photographer conducting a shoot of a model who stands atop a roof. The camera zooms in on the scene, blowing the letters up, so we see briefly the photographer within more clearly, and the gestures he makes encouraging the model to mimic, cueing her on postures she is to assume.
He raises both his arms high and the model eventually responds and follows suit. Though we are yet unaware of it, this is the same grassy field upon which Thomas stands at the film's end, which is where he makes his exit.
Now to a scene of several skyscrapers surrounding a plaza. My first response is that the rather stark and featureless buildings look like they've suffered an explosion, then I realize, no, this effect is had through a seeming blown-out appearance of a number of the windows of the lower floors of a building, facilitated by the way drapes and blinds are drawn in some of the windows and buildings reflected darkly in still others, an appearance created of shattered glass.
The impression is brief, almost subliminal. But the emotional response is "blow up" already. The number 25 is viewed in the lower right hand corner. Into this gray scene ride a number of white-faced mimes on a jeep license plate SGK One knows these are likely students but, again, on a nearly subliminal level, the impression may be had of a military jeep and the revelry of liberators drunk on their gift of freedom.
I've read they represent students participating in Rag Week, which is a time taken for liberation from studies though school continues while raising money for charity. The mimes, dressed predominately in black and white, with some splashes of bold color, have free rein it seems, driving right onto this plaza.
They pass a geometric sculpture showing a rectangle, circle and open square. As they park we see beyond the same street viewed in 17 and realize they have made a circle on the plaza.
They leap out of the vehicle and run out the plaza into the street. On the right we view a black circle on a window in the medium foreground. Though a little thing of no seeming consequence, corresponding with the theme of the film, the immersion into the black and white grain of photographs in the search of truth, we will find in different scenes black or white dots which are intentionally placed.
Our awareness of their frequency multiplies, however, due black and white dots being a frequently occurring shape in normal, everyday life. Such as we may not notice images of elephants normally as they're not in our field of awareness, but if we become sensitized to elephants then we might be surprized to see many images of them.
A similar scene occurs at the end of The Passenger. While Nicholson's character who assumes the identity of an individual who had died and it makes it instead appear that he has died meets his fate in his hotel room at film's end, the camera slowly zooms into that room's window and, through it, onto what is transpiring in the parking lot, one of the cars that enters that lot being a driving school vehicle which meanderingly circulates between the hotel and a bull ring opposite the hotel.
Before following the mimes onto the street, note the upraised arms of one as they roar onto the plaza, our first glimse of the mimes being this individual in the top hat, and how they replicate the upraised arms of the photographer in the credits, he lifting his arms to indicate to the model, from a good distance, that she should raise her arms as well.
No speech is involved in communicating an idea. Instead it is transmission of knowledge by means of a gesture, a symbol. Crescent symbolism is explicit later in the film, but these upraised arms remind me less of a crescent than the symbol of the Ka , the enduring life force of an individual and tied up with notions of thought and conscience. Ka is also the word for bull and is thus linked with the Apis bull, the sacrifice of which, as a spiritual double, was considered to ritually symbolize the death of Osiris.
As noted above, this scene of the mimes resembles very closely the end scene of The Passenger , during which the lead character is killed, which takes place across from a bull ring, so this Ka symbol and the link to the bull may be relevant.
The Osirian drama, however, is of importance and I will refer to it. The mimes run past the women to screen right, the camera panning to follow them.
At the end of this shot Antonioni has one of his ellipsis cuts in which it seems but a couple of frames are removed and we would scarcely notice that he has moved to a new shot. This is frequent in Zabriskie Point , less so in Blowup.
Once on the street, several mimes pause and look to the screen's left their right. The male mime is bearded and in a red and green striped shirt. The female mime, in red and black stripes, is one who will participate in the tennis game at the end of the film and interact with Thomas. Behind her has ducked a female mime in a black and white checked outfit.
This act of the one female in black and white, slipping behind the other, would seem to be scripted, calculated, anticipating several other instances in the film of characters or things pointedly disappearing, or seeking to blend into other groupings of individuals and the environment.
In answer to this glance left, cut to men leaving a doss house flop house , passing from screen left to screen right, through the doss house's iron gate. Again, the scene is gray, bled of all color. Even if one is yet unaware this is a doss house, as if an after-image of the mimes' striped clothing superimposes and the emotional comprehension is of destitute men wearily filing out of a prison-like environment.
Despite his youth and the overall well-tended cut of his blond hair, Thomas David Hemmings nearly passes, from a distance, as one of these impoverished, beaten men, his shoulders constricted, held up near his ears, one hand dug in a pocket, the other clasping a nondescript bundle.
Several wheelbarrows are propped up against a right wall. An elevated train passes on the right screen right to screen left as Thomas enters the frame. As Thomas, with these men, exits through a brick gate onto the street, they look screen left, glancing back over their shoulders, but continue to their right. These glances back and forth are to be recollected at the film's end, during the mimed tennis match, as the mimes look left and right at the play of the invisible ball.
The film's central story is repeated numerous times in the movie, but veiled, so that its retelling is not apparent. Cut to the mimes rushing from screen left across the intersection of a busy road, tying up traffic. One woman, head wrapped in a white bandage, is in a white shift that resembles the clothing of a hospital patient, her left leg giving the appearance of being bandaged.
Yet she gallops with the rest, swinging a cane, as if a jubilant pilgrim rejoicing in a successful journey to some holy, healing shrine. They allow a black car to pass and approach a white one beside a Road Transport Contractors Van. Holding cans, seeking money, we realize the mimes are to be compared with the men who are leaving the poor house. In shot 26, as they had begun to approach the car beside the Road Transport Contractors van, it was white. The car is now black.
Cut to the men from the doss house also spreading out over a street, in comparative silence, but this road is otherwise empty, no cars competing. A little girl appears and runs through their midst, away from the camera, down the street, the only feminine presence. Children are viewed rarely in the film and her appearance is notable. Three of the doss house men convivially part with Thomas at the overpass of Consort Rd.
MAN 1: So long, we'll see you again. MAN 2: Cheerio. The men leave and Thomas, alone, becomes now surreptitious, rounding a corner of the brick overpass where there is an interesting triangular architectural detail in the brick. The idea of sorting things out is a theme in the film, and as Antonioni prominently shows Consort Road in the background we can take this as a first reference to that theme. Thomas glances both ways then books it down the street, discarding the homeless role he's been playing.
Passing between a spindly tree and a shorter, lone, older man in a gray suit and lavendar turban, Thomas runs to his Rolls and leaps into it the top of his car will be down throughout the film. This spare tree is the first foliage we see and I think of the park in which the central story of the film is enacted. Perhaps not to be overlooked is that the only other individual on this street is the older man in a gray suit, both passing the tree at the same time.
This older man exits out of frame just as Thomas reaches his car. He would seem a foreshadowing of the older man Thomas will later photograph in the park, who will also be wearing a gray suit. Antonioni rephrases this in Zabriskie Point by having, at a protest march, a man carrying a branch that covers his face, he passing a man who wears sunglasses and is blind, walking with a cane. The blind individual is the only person in the protest march who looks at the protagonist's passing truck.
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