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Blow Up / Blow Out Double Feature

Sponsored by Sly Fox Beer
Sun., June 28, 2015
June 28, 2015
2:00 pm

Arrive by 1:30pm for mod U.K. vinyl spins before Blow-Up (and later, for early-’80’s tunes before Blow Out) by The Thrifty Discount DJs; and beers, on the house, courtesy of Sly Fox! Join the Facebook event!

Blow-Up sparked debate outside urban arthouses and in mainstream-media opinion pages throughout the late ’60s, sharply dividing those who thought the movie was the height of cinematic art and those who considered it a load of pretentious crap. These days, the existential mystery at the center of “Blow-Up’s” plot isn’t as captivating as the film’s atmosphere. Arrogant young fashion photographer David Hemmings rollicks through “Swinging London,” passing face-painted hippie jesters and emaciated models wearing two-tone op-art miniskirts and pouty expressions. Like “Alice’s Restaurant” a few years later, Antonioni’s sour inside perspective on hipster culture cultivates a mood of sophisticated exhaustion even as it exploits the scene’s wildness. Hemmings bullies women and plays games only he understands, and when he thinks he may have inadvertently captured a murder on film, he finds the evidence receding from him the closer he looks. The question of what Hemmings sees and what it means matters less than it once did, except maybe to ponderous undergrads… “Blow-Up” defies analysis by design, given that it’s about an artist who makes messes and cleans them up only in part, leaving behind the splatter that interests him. Antonioni follows a similar methodology, making strict interpretations of “Blow-Up” pretty pointless, and certainly less enjoyable than soaking up the mod decadence and ennui.” (Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club) (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 111m, NR, Warner Bros., 35mm)

blow_out_smJohn Travolta turns in one of his most effective performances in Blow Out as a movie sound effects technician who, while in Philadelphia, accidentally records the sound of a tire blowing out (or is it a gunshot?) and stumbles into a Chappaquiddick-like scenario in which a presidential candidate dies. With many a homage to Alfred Hitchcocks style and wit (and Michelanglelo Antonionis 1966 film Blow Up”), Brian DePalma takes the viewer on a roller-coaster of suspense, as Travolta is thrown into a paranoid world in which nothing seems to be as it appears. Watch, especially, for the way that the use of the Steadicam turns the climactic scenes of Bicentennial celebration into a surreal nightmare of action. Aside from being one of DePalmas most tense and effective films, “Blow Out” is also a study of the role that violence plays in American history. A great thriller! (1981, Brian DePalma, US, 108m, R, MGM, Digital)


1:30 Music by The Thrifty Discount DJs
2:00 Blow Up
3:50 Intermission with more music by The Thrifty Discount DJs
4:20 Blow Out


Adult: $9 (single film) or $15 (both films)
Senior/Student: $7 (single film) or $10 (both films)
Member/ Child <13: $5 (single film) or $8 (both films)
Special pricing will automatically apply when you purchase tickets to both films.

Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets available with cash, check or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office or online. Please note that the seats in the rear balcony have limited leg room.