Our retrospective of some of the most celebrated works by “Master of Suspense” director Brian De Palma continues with his acclaimed homage to Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic 1966 art movie Blow-Up, the 1981 paranoia thriller Blow Out.
Former police technician Jack Terri (John Travolta) makes his living doing sound for slasher flicks. While recording new outdoor effects one night, Jack witnesses a couple’s car careen off a bridge into a river, but he can save only the female occupant, Sally (Nancy Allen). Jack begins to suspect something when he learns that her dead companion was a Presidential hopeful, and after re-playing his tape over and over, Jack thinks that he hears a gun shot before the crash-causing tire blow-out. When sleazy photographer Manny Karp (Dennis Franz) comes forward with photos of the accident, Jack discovers the real reason that the naïve Sally was in the car – as well as a way to prove his auditory suspicions…
Monday, May 14 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 15 – 3:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, May 19 – 2:45pm, 5pm
“It’s classic De Palma, with its sinister elegance, meticulous cinematic choreography, voyeuristic obsessions, and fascination with guilt, as well as his most human and mortally vulnerable film.” – Sean Axmaker, Stream on Demand
“A movie which continues De Palma’s practice of making cross-references to other movies, other directors, and actual historical events – and which nevertheless is his best and most original work. Rating: 4/4.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Blow Out is the work of a high-spirited, irrepressible director who takes the effects movies can produce far more seriously than he takes the characters they seem to be about.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times