Blowup, says Armando Prats, is one of the necessary movies. It is a “living expression of the transition into the new narrative domains” in terms of man’s “new vision of himself as a narrative creature in a world whose very essence is cinematic narration.” Prats’ work on the new humanism inherent in postwar filmmaking is a rewarding work with implications for the fields of esthetics and axiology as well as film criticism. In his analyses of four films by three directors—Fellini’s Director’s Notebook and The Clowns, Wertmiller’s Seven Beauties, Antonioni’s Blowup—Prats shows the contrasts between the conventional, word-bound narrative methods ...Read More
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