The firstcrop of reviews for The American are coming in, and early signs indicate three of our favorite things: half-empty Italian villages, pervasive dread, and artfully framed European women unencumbered by clothing. (A recipe for success, if we ever heard one.) For the non film-majors, “Antonioni” is code for “long beautiful shots in which nothing happens”—but we don’t mind a little extra time to admire the scenery.
Two things they don't make like they used to—movie posters and movies. Case in point: Michelangelo Antonioni's brilliant 1966 flick *Blow-Up*.
David Hemmings plays Thomas, a debauched fashion photographer based on David Bailey who thinks he may have witnessed a murder. But the plot takes a back seat to the movie's incredibly stylish *mise-en-scène*, not to mention Thomas' navy blue Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud convertible, slant-pocketed velvet hacking jacket and endless stream of beautiful bedmates.
At Bonhams Entertainment Sale in London on June 18, you can snag a piece of the magic in the form of this original poster from the film, estimated at £300 - £500. If you think you can outbid us, that is.