For Thomas – an intelligent young man with a Cupid-like face (making the girls care about him) – a prelude to sex starts with pleasant visual impressions


Warming up for threesome through observing faux-wrestling


Satisfied and calmed by pleasure, Thomas-the creative commercial photographer is able to resume his everyday work


After being generously attended it is not easy to return to the demands of reality

Infantile sexual desire comes quickly (although a little teasing can make it look almost like passion). Its gifts can be strong but always ephemerous. And it disappears quickly and indifferently. But soon it is again reminds about itself rather disrespectfully and without any hesitations. Its call is not loud, but matter-of-factly. It is “why not” call which is always impossible to refuse as a small change without which we, somehow, cannot live.


Thomas’ (David Hemmings) unexpected and casual but, as if, trapping him encounter with enigmatic woman (Vanessa Redgrave), was felt by him as strangely meaningful.


Even a semi-detective plot (which they both were trapped by) – the plot of the film, couldn’t eliminate their fixation on one another


It’s, as if, the shadow of Adam and Eve was slowly touching their bodies and leaving and returning again


But the dope easily eliminates everything strange and transforms everything back. Thomas tried to find her. But they will never see each other again.

Contrary to infantile sexual desire (analyzed by the four stills in the beginning) even minuscule existential drive towards another person has ability to immediately push anything else to the margin. Of course, it’s not necessarily continuing forever, but it can return again and again refreshed and potent. The main character of the “Blow Up” didn’t reach an elaborated phase of his existential drive towards Jane-Vanessa Redgrave, and it is not because he is not impressed enough – he is emotionally taken like this for the first time in his life. But not for long, because he lives in a society which advertises itself to the population by mobilizing consumerist and entertainment pleasures and occupying people with money-worship – activities stimulating the dreams of wealth-power which in its turn stimulate megalomania making humanistic truth unrecognizable.


Antonioni and Vanessa Redgrave on the set of “Blow Up”