Blowup vs The Conversation vs Blow Out

Blowup, The Conversation or Blow Out?


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version

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Apparently Bird with the Crystal Plumage takes cues from the Antonioni too, but I haven't seen that one yet.
 

Clinamenic

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What about The Lives of Others? Haven't seen it yet but I think it has a similar premise to The Conversation.
 

Leo

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I presume you mean "the conversation" as in the FFC/gene hackman film. I love it, from the long opening scene shot to the saxophone wailing at the end.
 

suspended

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Come to think of it, is there any decent French cinema or is it all shite too?

I guess Polanski is technically French but barely. The Polish side of him makes decent cinema and the French side molests children, I'm guessing.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
Apparently Bird with the Crystal Plumage takes cues from the Antonioni too, but I haven't seen that one yet.

Also Profondo Russo, which also stars Hemmings. The metaphysics of the surface is crucial to both of them. There’s a film from the premier of the restored version of Story of a Love Affair in which Argento is vox popped leaving the foyer declaring Antonioni “the master” and this is not just because, to all intents and purposes, Blow Up is a very abstract giallo. It’s because of his mastery of the image and the surface, of visual texture, tone and (in Red Desert) colour. People can laugh at Antonioni’s pretensions, but if you are interested in the relationship between appearance and reality, then Antonioni is totally essential. Funnily enough, for me Blow Up is the start of his decline, and I don’t like it very much, but everything before it is amazing.

Monica Vitti is 90 today. Happy Birthday Monica!
 

craner

Beast of Burden
Come to think of it, is there any decent French cinema or is it all shite too?

I guess Polanski is technically French but barely. The Polish side of him makes decent cinema and the French side molests children, I'm guessing.

French cinema is shit, that I will get on board with, but nobody can accuse me of saying that for lolz, I’ve been consistent on this point for 20 years, ever since a Godard film made me want smash up the TV on the same weekend I watched Amelie.
 
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Leo

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True. I guess Americans in general don't hate the French as much as you guys do.
 

Leo

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maxi

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I love the French, I love their literature, art, cities, landscapes, philosophy, wine, but I also think their cinema is a total fraud.
Do you like isabelle huppert? thinking about watching all her films after seeing Elle because of how mysterious funny subtle and disturbing that performance is
 

version

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What about The Lives of Others? Haven't seen it yet but I think it has a similar premise to The Conversation.
That isn't quite the same thing: Blowup was a direct influence on both The Conversation and Blow Out and they're all variations on a theme and story; The Lives of Others is based around surveillance but it's its own thing and goes somewhere else.
 
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