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n. 1 An explosion, or violent outburst 2 (context photography English) An enlargement

  1. n. a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction [syn: explosion, detonation]

  2. an unrestrained expression of emotion [syn: effusion, gush, outburst, ebullition]

  3. a photographic print that has been enlarged [syn: enlargement, magnification]


Blowup, or Blow-Up, is a British-Italian 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni about a fashion photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film. It was Antonioni's first entirely English-language film.

The film also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Tsai Chin and Gillian Hills as well as sixties model Veruschka. The screenplay was by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, with English dialogue by British playwright Edward Bond. The film was produced by Carlo Ponti, who had contracted Antonioni to make three English-language films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (the others were Zabriskie Point and The Passenger).

The plot was inspired by Julio Cortázar's short story, "Las babas del diablo" or "The Devil's Drool" (1959), translated also as "Blow Up" in Blow-up and Other Stories, and by the life of Swinging London photographer David Bailey. The film was scored by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The music is diegetic, as Hancock noted: "It's only there when someone turns on the radio or puts on a record." Nominated for several awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Blowup won the Grand Prix. It was also ranked No. 144 in the Sight & Sound magazine greatest films poll.

The American release of the counterculture-era film with its explicit sexual content (by contemporary standards) by a major Hollywood studio was in direct defiance of the Production Code. Its subsequent outstanding critical and box office success proved to be one of the final events that led to the final abandonment of the code in 1968 in favour of the MPAA film rating system.

Usage examples of "blowup".

Still, until we get time travel, there's no other way of reaching back to Blowup days.

Had the Blowup been due only to the atomic blast, man might have rebuilt more easily, granting that the planet remained habitable.

But the Blowup lasted for a long time-time itself was used as a variable once during the homicidal, suicidal, fratricidal struggle-and there were no records.

At the time of the Blowup, the radioactivity caused a cycle of mutations.

It wasn't till after the Blowup, after reconstruction had started, that anybody knew the Old 'Uns were-what they were.

There's a guy named Fell who was a technician during the Blowup, and a woman named Hobson who was a witness of some of the incidents you're investigating.

What he most wanted were factors in the physiomental off-norm variations of the genius-types that had been produced at random by the Blowup.

Ramos and Corvo gathered all the agents, the militia officers and Bosch and Aguila in front of a large bulletin board on which a blowup of an aerial photo of Zorrillo's ranch had been tacked.

Beneath the first row of photos he pinned a second row of blowups of the KH13's close-look shots that revealed the Cheetah and the secluded cove.

Amniar recognized it as a standard Egyptian school map of South America, A blowup of the coastal city of Punta del Este, Uruguay, was circled in red.

Gunn adjusted his glasses and examined the photo blowups on the table.

The enhanced blowup was not clear enough to reveal details of the activity.

He pulled a blowup of a geological survey map showing the topography above Roma from his briefcase.

Las Vegas, Nevada Friday Evening That night in Las Vegas, the whole San Dominican operation continued toward a major blowup at breakneck speed: Great Western Air Transport reestablished contact with the Forlenza [email protected] for the first time since Lathrop Wells.

She strolled through the confusion setting off the reactions that caused the blowup.