BLOW UP

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DAVID PUTTNAM
David Puttnam gave me the cover of London Life when I arrived in England for the release of a UK single, the photo was taken by Brian Duffy.
   David was at that particular juncture in life when one is running against time. Another year and he would be twenty-five. His arrow pointing skywards he exuded energy, was passionate about films, talented people gravitated towards him. Soon after I met him he would manage his friends David Bailey and Brian Duffy, and quite naturally expand into producing films. His life- path has been phenomenal.
  Had it not been for Lord Puttnam—that is what he has become— I probably would not have made “Blow Up.” I sent a letter to Antonioni saying I didn’t think I could show myself naked. French films were peppered with naked scenes, nobody thought twice about it but mother had been unyielding. It had not occurred to me until after sending the letter that now I was twenty-one and contracts were my responsibility, I could do as I pleased. I was so shocked, so amazed by this sudden realization, my instinct was to immediately honour my new freedom: Michelangelo Antonioni’s film would be my first step towards autonomy. Only, my letter had to be stopped from reaching its destination. I panicked. What to do? I called David and followed his simple instructions. The secretary retrieved the letter.
   I could count on one hand the times I had tasted wine. It had an acrid taste I did not like, but I knew it could blur shyness, fear, self-consciousness… I swallowed the smallest bottle quickly, and guiltily, in the bathroom where I shook my head upside down to get the rush faster, and then I fell into the scene with Jane Birkin. Junior boxers, we dived inside coloured paper rolls, Jane’s chest was covered with pink blotches even before filming began she was so nervous, desperate to keep as much of myself hidden I slipped and tugged but Jane was always stronger, I was in a state of uncontrollable giggles. The scene was shot once, with three cameras. O what luxury!
   Watch out for Christian Marclay’s film “Up and Out.” This is Antonioni’s “Blow Up’ overlaid with the soundtrack from Brian de Palma’s “Blow Out”. Catch his recent work, "The Clock": seminal. Check everything of his that comes your way. His work is deeply Beautiful.