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De Palma (2015)

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A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.
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In the annals of Hollywood film since the artistic glories of the New Hollywood era, few have a better reputation and body of work in the field of suspense films exploring the contemporary darkness in American life than Brian De Palma. Here, the great film writer and director takes, us in his own words, through his professional life and a career that redefined film horror and suspense. All the while, he also confesses the challenges of working in Hollywood and the price even the great artists pay for being a part of it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for violent images, graphic nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

23 September 2016 (UK)  »

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Де Пальма  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,355 (USA) (12 June 2016)


$163,359 (USA) (29 July 2016)

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1.85 : 1
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Brian De Palma on this documentary: "I met Noah [Noah Baumbach] almost 20 years ago - I immediately liked him, he's very bright. Because we approach cinema from different directions, we were fascinated by our different views on how to tell a story. They did their interview with me five years ago, in Jake Paltrow's living room, shooting on this digital camera, with Noah doing the sound. It was like the old cinema school days - you had three people and that was your crew." [2015] See more »


When Brian De Palma is talking about the movie "Carrie", he says "While Billy is reading his poem", when he should have said "While Tommy is reading his poem", because he mistook Tommy Ross as Billy Nolan. See more »


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Brian De Palma: Holy mackerel.
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Features Carrie (1976) See more »


The Solution/The Clinic/Hypnotic Trance
From the motion picture "SISTERS".
Written and performed by Bernard Herrmann
Courtesy of Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation
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There's nothing like hearing it from the filmmaker himself
12 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know, I went into this experience thinking I what was a big fan of De Palma, but was really cool is, I knew nothing, but learned a lot.

I was expecting this movie to be all about Carrie, the Untouchables, Mission Impossible, but for those of us who De Palma became a big name for because your of the generation that group up with Hip hop artist who loved Scarface, that movie and many of his mainstream hits play an important part in this sit down interview, but a small one, as De Palma talks with great personal depth a careering touching 50 years.

He's tells the story from his perspective and it's told with an honest feel, and it gives you perfect insight on his film style. He's a guy who loves indie films for the freedom it allows but needed to prove to himself that he can make a mainstream hit. He defends his disturbing images, by revealing to us how he did not realize it was disturbed.

Though focus on his movies, De Palma does give you personal insight on his upbringing and the state of mind he was in when he made those movies (like during the early 80s when he constantly cast his then wife, Nancy Allen, which he knew as damaging to their relationship).

A few times in the film, his treatment of women in his films came up and once again this is where his honesty of what he was trying to do came up. The interview is intertwine with clips from his movies and other movies that inspire him, and I think every nude scene De Palma has ever filmed was used here. Another contemporary subject was War in which he was able to give his two cents on what's going on now by talking about the two war movies he did do.

It's a great sit down for not just De Palma fans but for film fans everywhere. The man was enjoyable to listen to for almost two hours and he told great stories about the development for his long list of film credits.

Now I have to go out and find the movies I never seen.

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