Brian De Palma is the star in Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s new documentary on the controversial filmmaker “De Palma”. From experimental films like ‘Greetings’ and ‘Hi, Mom!’, to Hitchcock-esque thrillers ‘Dressed To Kill’ and ‘Body Double’, war dramas ‘Casualties of War’ and ‘Redacted’ to the spectacles for which he is best known including ‘Scarface’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Carlito’s Way’, ‘Carrie’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’, De Palma is a filmmaking institution.
Brian De Palma said, that initially there was no plan for a documentary feature, only an interview: “Noah and Jake were interested in this new digital camera, so Jake bought one. They wanted to make a record of all these stories that I’d told them over the years when we’d had dinner together, so they sat me down in Jake’s living room. Jake operated the camera, Noah did the sound, and they would just ask me questions.” Read the Guardian interview…
From the Roger Ebert summary:
More than just a big-screen fetish object for Brian De Palma’s still-loyal cult, “De Palma” is one of the essential documentaries on Hollywood. This feature-length interview with the controversial filmmaker responsible for “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Femme Fatale” serves not only as a guide to one of the most fascinating filmographies of our time, but a thoughtful and often hilarious look at the ups and downs of the American film industry over the last half-century, as seen through the eyes of one of its most idiosyncratic participants. Read more.
From the interview with Matt Zoller Seitz for RogerEbert.com:
A movie is a work of art. It either exists and people keep looking at it, or it vanishes. So, I have very little to do with it, and a movie has basically got to find its own way. And many of my movies, people are still looking at 30 or 40 years later, so I guess there’s some value in it, because they’ve existed through the ages. Read the interview….
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Starring Brian De Palma. Release date June 10, 2016 (USA). Return to Thumbnail View.
De Palma Official Trailer
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