The first English spoken picture by Michelangelo Antonioni resolves around the photographer Thomas, a character subtly inspired on the photographer David Bailey. He was part of the ‘Swinging London’ scene in the 60′s, an avant-gardist scene that was very much about fashion and being modern in the time and was closely related to the Mod subculture.
The plot seems to be about the mystery of a murder Thomas accidentally stumbles upon, although his lifestyle and profession as a photographer in the London environment of the 60′s appealed way more to me. Photography, fashion, modern art all relate to the hedonism spirit of the scene and this goes hand in hand with portraying the cool. Thomas is kind of Ivy dressed in his green velour blazer with a striped blue/white shirt underneath and his white cotton twill pants. Other than that he drives around in his elitist Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III with very nice taillights. Another car that deserves attention is the Landrover 1955 Series I driven by the revolting youth. And I really liked some of the artworks seen in the movie. Have a look.