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Behind the scenes at Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-up

Posted by keithosaunders on September 22, 2015

Big news. The archive of Michelangelo Antonioni directing Blow-up, long thought to have been lost, has been unearthed. Let’s go to the set for a live look-in:

[flashback harp music]

MA: CUT PRINT! THAT’S A WRAP FOR THE DAY. THANK YOU GENTLEMEN I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW. CALL IS 10AM. EVERYBODY GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP — WE’LL BE FILMING THE SCENE WHERE HE STARES AT THE PHOTOGRAPH FOR 10 MINUTES AND NOTHING HAPPENS. I WANT EVERYBODY ALERT!

Assistant.Director: But Mikey, babes, it’s only 11AM now, are you sure you want to break for the day? We only shot 30 minutes of film!

MA: YOU DARE QUESTION THE MASTER?! GET YOUR THINGS YOU’RE FIRED. GET ME HERBIE HANCOCK! WHERE’S HERBIE?!

HH: You called, big A?

MA: Yes, do you have the source music I requested for the opening montage?

HH: Yes, I have two measures of a Gsus b9.

MA: PERFECT! WE’ll LOOP IT OVER THE ENTIRE FILM. NOW LET’S DO LUNCH!

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