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Blow Out

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Friday July 8
Friday July 8
2:15pm
Director: Brian De Palma
1981 / 108min / DCP

De Palma’s gut-wrenching thriller combines personal and political tragedy to comment on the power of the image. Opening with an extended sequence parodying both De Palma’s own films and the slashers of the day, Blow Out stars John Travolta as a soundman on grade-Z horror movies who, while recording outdoor noises for his productions, captures the sound of a Chappaquiddick-like car crash and maybe a political assassination, and proceeds to piece it together frame by frame. A work of breathtaking fatalism, Blow Out offers remarkable Vilmos Zsigmond photography, a genuinely tragic ending, and some of the best Philadelphia location shooting you’ll ever see, including a visit to the 30th Street Station and Travolta tearing ass through City Hall in a Jeep.

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