Blow up is a 1966 British-Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, his first English-language film. It tells of a photographer's accidental involvement with a murder, inspired by Julio Cortázar's 1959 short story, "Las babas del diablo" or "The Devil's Drool", and by the life of Swinging London photographer David Bailey. The film was scored by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, although the music is source music, as Hancock noted: "It's only there when someone turns on the radio or puts on a record."Nominated for several awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Blowup won the Grand Prix.
Blow up stars David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Tsai Chin and Gillian Hills. The 1960s model Veruschka has a scene considered by Premiere Magazine as "the sexiest cinematic moment in history". The screenplay was written by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, with English dialogue by British playwright Edward Bond. The film was produced by Carlo Ponti, who had contracted Antonioni to make three English-language films for MGM. (by wikipedia)