14 May 2008

Antonioni Park

I have been admiring the good resolution available in London , which now allows you to zoom right in. At the closest resolution, there is a nice analogue grain to the image, which had me thinking about Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 movie Blow-Up. The film has the main protagonist obsessively making photographic enlargements to try and confirm a murder he may have inadvertently documented but the details are elusively lost in the grain. As Wikipedia puts it: "Ultimately, the film is about reality and how we perceive it or think we perceive it." Although I can't recall the exact geography of the park in the movie, as far as I can tell, the murder took place HERE.

The Wikipedia Blow-Up entry also provides a link to this resource, which is a database of film locations. There is something quite interesting about the slippage between depicted fictional cinematic space and the actual spaces where these scenarios were filmed. Such as the way The Last Samurai used MOUNT TARANAKI in New Zealand as a stand-in for MT FUJI in Japan.

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