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The Technology, the Art, and the Ethics of Watching: Talking With Brian De Palma at Toronto

"I suffer from the fact that people have so many preconceptions about the kinds of movies I make," Brian De Palma lamented, "that they don't really look at what's on the screen."
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 13, 2012 9:46 AM
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VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Brian De Palma's PASSION

If it weren’t for 2007’s "Redacted," "Passion" would be a neat, coherent follow-up to both "Femme Fatale" and "The Black Dahlia" in Brian De Palma’s filmography, in addition to being a rehashing of many of the director’s themes and trademarks.
  • By Tommaso Tocci
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  • September 7, 2012 11:58 AM
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10/40/70: The Fury (1978)

This experimental film column began its life at "The Rumpus," and we are very excited to see it continue here. The column freezes the frames of a film at the 10, 40, and 70 minute marks, using these points as the foundations for an essay. This week: Brian De Palma's "The Fury" (1978).
  • By Nicholas Rombes
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  • April 11, 2012 8:55 AM
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IFC: The rise of film critic filmmaker

To get the full effect of Gelderblom’s work, I rewatched De Palma’s “Raising Cain” over the weekend and then dove immediately into the “Re-Cut” version. In my (non-filmmaker) film critic opinion, he’s done as good a job as seems possible with the material he had to work with. In interviews, De Palma stressed that his reason for making “Cain” was not (SPOILER ALERT) to tell the story of a crazy dude with multiple personalities, but really to delve into a romantic melodrama involving the crazy dude’s wife, who cheats on her husband in a surreal swirl of dreams and nightmares. In the theatrical version, John Lithgow’s Carter is established first — and established as a nutjob — before we ever meet his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich). Gelderblom’s biggest adjustment is to start with Jenny, and to keep Carter as a background character through the first twenty minutes of the film. Right after Jenny has succumbed to a series of fantasies (or perhaps true adulterous encounters) Carter surprises her by strangling her, seemingly to death.
  • By Matt Singer
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  • February 8, 2012 5:16 AM
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