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Monday, December 12, 2011
NANCY ALLEN INTERVIEW
IN LATEST ISSUE OF SHOCK CINEMA
Nancy Allen is the cover story interview in the new issue of Shock Cinema. The interview was conducted by Justin Bozung, and covers Allen's entire career, including her many films with Brian De Palma. Allen discusses how she had to endure slap after slap from Betty Buckley on the set of Carrie, as De Palma kept calling take after take, looking "for a certain reaction" out of Allen.

Allen recalls how De Palma had read the script for Robert Zemeckis' I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and told her, "This is really good. It's not for me, but there are some really good parts in it for you." Allen auditioned and got the part.

Also covered if De Palma's Home Movies, which Allen tells Bozung came about when De Palma and his friends, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, were talking one day and wondering where all the young filmmakers were. From this came a project designed to teach students how to make a low-budget film. The three of them all invested in it, and then Kirk Douglas also kicked in some money (and acted in it, to boot).

Of course, the interview also delves fairly deeply into Allen's work on De Palma's Dressed To Kill (after Allen read it and told De Palma it was "amazing," he said, "I'm glad you like it. I wrote it for you.") and Blow Out. Amidst these discussions, Bozung asks Allen whether she thinks De Palma gets a fair rap being criticized for his cinematic "borrowings," considering that Quentin Tarantino's similar stylings frequently get him labeled as a "genius." Allen suggests that the difference in criticisms stem from De Palma being considered an outsider who "actively pushes it all away," while Tarantino "is right in the middle of it," a guy who "plays by Hollywood's rules" while De Palma "never has." Allen then adds: "I will say that personally, I feel very disappointed with where Brian has gone, hasn't gone or hasn't evolved to yet. I happen to think he's a brilliant filmmaker. I think he should stop writing and he should bring in a writer and do other people's stuff. I think that as human beings, unless we go through a dramatic incident that puts our life on a completely different course to a certain degree, we remain who we are or have been. We keep telling the same story from the same perspective in our life. Some of the movies Brian has done over the last few years-- the scripts and the stories-- have been very hashed over. Are you making this movie again? I think it's built up frustration for many. I don't know what to say. I would just love for him to do a great film again."

The discussion also touches on some of the things that led to De Palma and Allen's divorce, and then continues with coverage of Allen's work with Paul Verhoeven, Paul Bartel, Steven Soderbergh, and more. A great interview-- look for the magazine on stands now, or order from the Shock Cinema website.


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Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:02 AM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"
Home Page: http://thrill-me.blogspot.com

Thanks for the heads up!  I just purchased a copy.

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:04 AM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"
Home Page: http://thrill-me.blogspot.com

I have to add that I very much disagree with her about De Palma needing to stop writing his own scripts.  Haven't his last few movies been written by other people?  If anything he should start writing again!

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 6:17 PM CST

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

Yeah, I had wondered the same thing about what she said regarding his last few films. I tend to think she wasn't really talking about REDACTED, although she may have been ("You're telling that story again?"). But maybe when she watches FEMME FATALE, she sees him doing the same things he used to. I know I see it differently-- the film, of course, has some similarities with his previous works, but actually does transform those old ideas into something rather profound, and doing new things along the way. But maybe she sees THE BLACK DAHLIA as more of the same, even though we know he didn't write it, and he actually works with outside writers all the time. (So maybe she is sort of out of touch with what De Palma has actually been doing of late.)

But yes, I agree-- I love the films that De Palma writes as well as directs the best, which is one reason I'm really looking forward to PASSION.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 9:00 AM CST

Name: "ChristianG"
Home Page: http://www.christiangrevstad.wordpress.com

Agree that Femme Fatale is a very original work.

I'm curious if there are any new indications that Passion will get made now, consideriing the comments from Nomi Rapace..

Btw, I have to admit I wasn't a big fan of the original so I hope De Palma rewrote it quite significantly.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 5:32 PM CST

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

Well, PASSION continues to be in active development, as does THE KEY MAN. Noomi Rapace mentioned in the interview that she may make PASSION with De Palma prior to filming a separate movie in March, which would seem to indicate that if they can get everything together in the next few weeks, they would be filming in the early part of 2012. With THE KEY MAN, I suspect they may still be working on the screenplay, although that is purely my own speculation.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:17 PM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"
Home Page: http://thrill-me.blogspot.com

I just wanted to say I got my copy of this issue the other week and it was a great interview!  Everyone should purchase it; it's very cheap and the mag is extremely well put together..  I learned some stuff I didn't know before about Allen's marriage to De Palma.  She was very candid about it.

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