Archive for October 17, 2009

Congruence Upon Congruence

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by dcairns

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Influence or coincidence?

Painter John Forsythe creates an image of an undiscovered corpse, but only realises that’s what it is AFTERWARDS.

Wouldn’t it be nice if THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY’s artistic detection were an influence upon Antonioni’s BLOW UP, where photographer David Hemmings snaps an image in a park and later, enlarging it, discovers what appears to be a dead body? Because, if it were, then we have THE CONVERSATION, Francis Ford Coppola’s audio-based murder yarn, which is definitely influenced at least a touch by Antonioni, and then we have Brian DePalma’s BLOW OUT, which is influenced both by the Coppola and the Antonioni, and perpetrated in a style owing much to Hitchcock, thus bringing things almost full circle.

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Plus there’s the pleasing added link of both Antonioni and Hitchcock painting the foliage in their scenery to make it suit their colour scheme.

Blow Up [DVD] [1966]

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