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Pics or It Didn’t Happen: In Praise of Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’ at 50

Blow-Up is half a century old. I first learned of Michelangelo Antonioni’s groundbreaking slice of surveillance cinema while watching HBO with my parents in the 1970s. I was a precocious kid, but I wasn’t yet hip to the Italian auteur’s ersatz paean to Swinging London and fashion photography, not to mention the first glimpse of…