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De Palma (2015)

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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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$30,355, 12 June 2016, Limited Release

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$163,359, 29 July 2016
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Brian De Palma on why he agreed to appear in the film: "As you know, film journalism is mostly spin. You talk to people, they say the experience was great, I love working with so and so, it's the best experience I ever had. And not until you're in the Hollywood old-age home do you have anybody tell you the truth." [2016] See more »

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Femme Fatale's release date is incorrectly listed as 2000. See more »

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Brian De Palma: My wife is my movie, not you.
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Features Psycho (1960) See more »

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Dressed To Kill (Main Title Theme)
from the motion picture DRESSED TO KILL
Written by Pino Donaggio
Conducted by Natale Massara
Published by Harlene Music Publications
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
Under license from Sony/ATV Publishing
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De Palma on De Palma
10 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

De Palma (2015)

**** (out of 4)

Directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow got Brian De Palma to sit down and talk about all of the movies that he has made. This documentary has De Palma basically giving a history lesson about all of his movies. He talks about his influences, their failures or things that he wish he had done differently.

If you're a fan of De Palma's work then you probably already know that he has contributed to countless interviews and special features for his movies. There's a lot of stuff out there where the director talks about his career but this documentary works because you can pretty much get everything in one sitting. I really liked the flow of the picture because it really does come across as being shot in real time and it's just like you're sitting down at a table with the director and listening to him talk about his career.

DE PALMA is certainly a must-see for film buffs because the director is quite honest with his talk. At this point in his career he certainly doesn't have to worry about offending anyone and this leads to some very good stories about issue he had on films with actors including Robert DeNiro on THE UNTOUCHABLES. Each film is given a good amount of discussion and it's fascinating getting to hear the director pat himself on the back when he thought he did a great job or pointing out things that went wrong.

None of them films are given great, full details but as I said there are countless bonus features out there that dive into each film in more detail. This film works remarkably well because of how simple it is. The camera is set up close to De Palma and he simply talks and tells stories.


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