Last night on TMC they were showing Antonioni’s Blow Up — one of the brilliant films I watched in 2012. This was while I was working / living with Jim Groom, and we enjoyed a mini 1970s Conspiracy Movie fest.
Blow Up left a lens shaped impression, the questions of what does a photograph mean, what meaning do we put into it, are we removed from what we see through the lens, or not, etc. I was listening in the background, but the scene where Jane (such a gorgeous Vanessa Redgrave) confronts the mod aloof photographer Thomas in the park:
These lines jumped out at me (finding the lines from an online copy of the script):
Jane: What are you doing? Stop it! Stop it! Give me those. You can’t photograph people like that.
Thomas: Who says I can’t? I’m only doing my job. Some people are bullfighters…some people are politicians. I’m a photographer.
Jane: This is a public place. Everyone has the right to be left in peace.
Thomas: It’s not my fault if there’s no peace.
Jane has an expectation of privacy in a public place (any parallels?)
Thomas shrugs it off, he is above that. He is detached. And he is blameless for the lack of peace (or privacy). He just photographs.
Also of interest is this find in YouTube where someone revisited the setting of the film scenes in Maryon Park
It’s worth a closer watch again, and again. Actually I still need to follow De Palma’s somewhat recasting of the plot as Blow Out. Or just go visit Jim and ask to watch more movies.
The post "This Is a Public Place" was originally pulled from under moldy cheese at the back of the fridge at CogDogBlog (https://cogdogblog.com/2014/12/this-is-a-public-place/) on December 15, 2014.