Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Conversation

It's interesting how many movies reference/pay homage to the great blow-up scene in Antonioni's "The Blow Up" - where the photographer starts blowing up a seemingly innocent photograph from the park only to uncover a nasty gun, which leads him into a murder case he can't solve.

Coppola's "The Conversation" is perhaps the most overt remake. Or DePalma's "The Blow Out".

Also seems like an intereing counterpoint to Sontag's claim about how photography has ruined our idea of knowledge, turning it into a a collection of images (instead of true knowledge, whatever that may be). The shocking thing about photography (and mechanical recording devices) has always been that it can detail so much more than the human eye. So if we look closely enough, we may just find the smoking gun. But it's still looking (or listening).


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