Review of Blow-Up VS Blow-Out

Posted: March 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Syndicated Bar is one of these cool new spaces in Bushwick that’s retro movie theater combined with a bar and restaurant. Located on Bogart Street, as you enter the bar/restaurant, there is a movie screen in the back showing new indie films as well as retro films. For 3 bucks you get to catch some cool flicks as waiters come over and take food and drink orders.

I was there to catch a great double bill of psychological mystery thrillers.

First was the classic 1966 film, Michael Antonio’s Blow Up. The great Italian director made his first English-language film set in the 1960s during the swinging London era. David Hemmings plays the hip cool photographer who shoots models in  his London flat.

As the film moves to different parts of London, like Maryon Park, Thomas, David Hemmings’ character, meets a young girl, Jane, played by Vanessa Redgrave, who he sees running away from an older gentleman. He later learns he photographed a murder. This sets the scene, which includes mimes playing tennis and a club performance by The Yardbirds that features Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.

This is a murder mystery with a twist and one of the best films ever made.

Next we get to see Brian De Palma’s Blow Out. His 1981  film is set in Philadelphia during the bicentennial in 1976.  John Travolta plays a sound engineer who records the sound of gun shots as he rescues Nancy Allen, getting her out of a car that has driven off the highway. We later discover that she was involved with a political candidate who was set up for a murder that was made to look like an accident. Although this film is not quite as creative as Blow Up, it still is the kind of great suspenseful thriller that Brian De Palma was known to make. Also, this is one of John Travolta’s better roles.

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