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As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions; full of longueurs, it works neither as a portrait of Swinging London, nor as a bona fide thriller. But as it establishes its metaphysical mystery - Hemmings' vacuously trendy photographer discovers a purpose to his life when he enlarges a picture that may or may not prove that a murder has taken place - it does become strangely gripping, questioning the maxim that the camera never lies, and settling into a virtually abstract examination of subjectivity and perception. Deep stuff, then, though the surrounding dross - sex'n'fashion'n'rock'n'roll - makes it pretty hard to watch. Still, at least

Carlo Di Palma

's camerawork leavens the brew.

By: GA

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Screenwriter: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra
Cast: David Hemmings
Vanessa Redgrave
Peter Bowles
Sarah Miles
John Castle
Jane Birkin
Julian Chagrin
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