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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time Out New York's Joshua Rothkopf posted a three-way telephone conversation with Brian De Palma and Noah Baumbach a few days ago, in anticipation of the Baumbach-presented BAMcinématek series on "De Palma Suspense" that begins tomorrow. Baumbach explains that his parents (film critic Georgia Brown and novelist Jonathan Baumbach) were huge De Palma fans. "That was my initial experience of him," said Baumbach. "They would talk about his movies in a visceral, emotional way. So when I finally saw the films, I felt like I was being invited into a mysterious world that was scary and sexy and strange." De Palma met Baumbach about 15 years ago at a birthday party for Paul Schrader. "I was putting together Mr. Jealousy and he was writing Snake Eyes," Baumbach said. "It was a birthday party for Paul Schrader. The girl I was dating knew Paul, so I went along. And Brian was there. I think I got pretty loaded. I remember spewing out my entire knowledge onto him."

For his part, De Palma responds to Rothkopf's question about his "ripping off" of Hitchcock: "Look, it’s part of what I do," De Palma explained. "I build upon what I’ve seen throughout the history of cinema, which is really what everyone does in every other art form. For me, it’s somehow taken on this tone of stealing or plagiarism, but all art builds upon the past, whether it’s painting or writing or music. You want to use the best of what there is, and take it further."

De Palma was on the phone from Paris, where, Rothkopf mentions, he is currently prepping Passion, his remake of Crime d'amour. The conversation by this time had delved into feminism and De Palma's depictions of women, leading the director to once again explain, "It’s just a simple element of the form. Plus, like many artists, I like photographing women. They’re beautiful and empathetic." That context is called back when De Palma says near the end of the conversation, "I’m in the process of getting ready for Passion. And there are going to be a lot of beautiful women in it." Asked to provide more information, De Palma continued: "It’s based on a French film called Love Crime with Kristin Scott Thomas. It has an extremely complex relationship between two women executives who are basically destroying each other—plus it has a murder in the middle. It’s great material to visualize and make erotic and fun."

Posted by Geoff at 8:42 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:43 PM CDT
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Friday, April 8, 2011 - 2:59 AM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

thanks for the juicy update. the paris bit caught this fan's attention, because i'll be there next month. any news of a meeting with fans/set visit/something? regards.

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 6:31 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Once the cameras start rolling on PASSION I'll believe this film is in production. So many films attached to De Palma have fallen through. PASSION sounds like a distinctive De Palma film that he did in the early '80's. De Palma's other film dealing with corporate sharks was the BONFIRE movie. De Palma had little creative control on that film as Warner heavyweights were telling him what to do. The great De Palma films are when the director has full creative control of his material and is not a film made by commitee. PASSION will hopefully be a distinctive De Palma film and a box-office hit so he can go back to Hollywood and make THE DEMOLISHED MAN into a film with an actor such as Leonardo DiCaprio. That type of packaging should break the box-office record of De Palma's MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE film!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 8:40 AM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

PASSION goes right on my most anticipated list along with Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS, David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Roman Polanski's GOD OF CARNAGE, Andrew Dominik's COGAN'S TRADE and Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL. Hell of a time to be a film fan.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:31 AM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

also, is Mr. Ben Ammar producing again, 10 years later? We hope so, because last time the proverbial lightning struck.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 12:11 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

No, Rado, I don't believe Ben Ammar is involved with PASSION. I guess you never know, though...

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 8:38 AM CDT

Name: "Bennie"

Just saw Crime d'amour and enjoyed it. Any word on who they're looking at for the female leads? May I suggest the 2 Catwomen - Anne Hathaway and Michelle Pfeiffer?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 1:11 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

No word yet on casting, but I like your choices, Bennie!

Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:22 AM CDT

Name: "K"

I think it would be interesting if he casted Kristin Scott Thomas in the same role since he's work with her in Mission: Impossible, but I'm sure he would want to have someone new in the role.

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