Episode 26: Blowup (1966, Michaelangelo Antonioni)/ Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1990, Simon Wincer)

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BLOWUP

This week on An Alan Smithee Podcast, we witness Antonioni’s jaunt through hipster London of the swingin’ 60s for a day in the life of a man turning obsessive in Blowup. So much is seen and not heard in this film about photography that a roving car of mimes – easily the scariest image in any movie we’ve seen yet – bookends the story. Look for The Yardbirds amidst dolly birds like Vanessa Redgrave and you’ll have to bring your own meaning to this dreamlike tale of ennui and paranoia.

Then for a taste of bad we sup runoff from the 80s buddy comedy action movie boom, with a near-future chaser. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man was in no way endorsed by either property, but nobody tells Harley Davidson and Marlboro what they name themselves! The homosexual chemistry is offset a bit by the encroaching political correctness of the 90s, fortunately the script is dumb enough to compensate. Besides, you’re watching a cowboy and a biker. Don Johnson stars as Marlboro and Mickey Rourke as Harley, in the role which kicked off his self-identified period of extreme self loathing!

HarleyDavidsonandtheMarlboroMan

NEXT WEEK: NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957, JACQUES TOURNEUR) & A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (1985, JACK SHOLDER)

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