Revolution is in the Streets: The Sixties from an International Perspective: Blow-Up

May 19, 2008

Film Screening at the Goethe Institut

UK/Italy/USA, 1966, 111 min., DVD, English, Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Screenplay: Michelangelo Antonioni and Julio Cortázar Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, David Hemmings, John Castle

Introduced by Anke Ortlepp, research fellow, German Historical Institute

A fashion photographer tires of working with “pretty dolls” and heads out at night in the hope of finding gripping scenes. His life becomes an adventure when he accidentally takes a gripping photo of a murder.

Michelangelo Antonioni recently passed away in Rome at the age of 94. He achieved international renown and awards with films such as The Red Desert, The Night and Eclipse.

Revolution is in the Streets: The Sixties from an International Perspective

The "Sixties," especially the pivotal year of 1968, were a global phenomenon, witnessing protest movements in places as far apart as Chicago, Berlin, Mexico City, Prague, Paris and Rome. In the public memory of numerous countries, images of generational revolt, countercultural liberation and confrontations with the authorities are closely tied with those years.

This series highlights some of these events through the eyes of contemporary films, and discusses their legacies with former participants and scholars of this turbulent time.