Randall Maysin wrote:
That's funny, I was under the impression that there was supposed to be some material deleted from the Warners dvd, namely stuff involving a naked Vanessa Redgrave. and I'm almost positive I've seen stills of her completely nude, in character. She definitely doesn't get naked in the version on the Warners dvd!
there is nothing about this in the web site moviecensorship database ? (apparently no- it's an interesting database : they compare screenshots with timings from different source TV broacast/VHS/DVD from different countries, Blu-Ray (of course) etc..)
I was thinking that this rumor was a joke (although it's an existential question) : I was so excited by Criterion's announcement of Blow Up
(since with the Passenger that's my most-wanting Antonioni still-not-released on BR) that I've tried to grab an HD transfer of this movie (which I didn't see since a very long time). I found an WEB-HD transfer (720p) (running time 1:51 (no Warner logo or it has been cut - starts with PREMIER production opening) and Vanessa Redgrave isn't nude (contrary to Jane Birkin and the combo-double-dip whatever you'll call it pantyhose scene). All is suggestion - Vanessa Redgrave is naked, ok, but she still wears a tie (so, technically she is not totally nude on this scene (except if there is a delete scene or scene which would have been cut where she would be without a tie)- the tie thing adds a lot to the erotic power of the scene.
Mind you, it's like when I saw "Marnie
" when I was very young. The scene in the boat was such an erotic shock for me
. When her wardroab fell down. I could believe that I saw her totally naked. Hitchcock did several times this kind of editing, but I think that Marnie is the best one. From an erotic point of view. I've seen the Blu-Ray again recently and that's still work
perhaps this comments about Vanessa Redgrave's nudity comes from the power of editing/cinematography and the power of suggestion from M.Antonioni ?
The rest of the scene, it's obvious that all has been done intentionally to not film her breast or her back, she's hidden by a wooden beam, or any object in the room which can hide what we would like to see. We don't see her behind (well just a small part and less than Mireille Darc dress in "Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire").
My guess is all that camera work was obviously totally intentional. Vanessa Redgrave perhaps also didn't want to appear nude in Blow Up.
That said, I would not be disappointed if Criterion transfer was somehow different to the transfer I've seen...
It was nice to and fun to see the Yardbirds (this band configuration), especially a juvenile Jimmy Page... And Jeff Beck...
did Antonioni asked him to break his Marshall amp like Pete Towshend from the Who ? perhaps initially he wanted to cast The Who ? (remember how he selected "Pink Floyd" after having heard Careful with that Axe, Eugene, they propose a lot of musical theme for the explosion scene; then it turned out to be in the end a re-record of Careful With That Axe Eugene)