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Thursday, August 23, 2012
'PASSION' TRAILER MAKES ITS MARK
BALLET IN FILM APPEARS TO BE 'AFTERNOON OF A FAUN'

The trailer for Brian De Palma's Passion popped up today, courtesy the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film will screen next month. This is the most exciting trailer I've seen in a decade, when the French trailer for De Palma's Femme Fatale made the rounds. With De Palma's name at the end punctuating those of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, the trailer is marked as one in a long line of De Palma "invitations," such as that of the Dressed To Kill trailer. Instead of "From the director of Scarface," the trailer makes no bones that this is a true blue De Palma film. At just over a minute, it's more of a teaser trailer, seemingly sans any Pino Donaggio, but the brief flashes of images, shot by José Luis Alcaine, look terrifically stylish, and I love the way the whole trailer turns on McAdams' delicious delivery of the line, "Hmmm... well now I want to be loved." Very much looking forward to seeing this film...~!

A shot in the trailer shows Rapace in front of a poster for the ballet, The Afternoon Of A Faun. Last May, we learned that instead of going to a movie, as she does in Love Crime, in Passion Rapace's character attends a ballet. It appears that the ballet is the appropriately erotic and scandalous Afternoon Of A Faun.

SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE TRAILER FROM AROUND THE WEB

The Wall Street Journal
"Take a large portion of Basic Instinct, add a healthy helping of Eyes Wide Shut, mix in a bit of Wall Street, sprinkle on the last two 'Sherlock Holmes' female leads (Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace) and heat to the temperature of Body Double and what do you get? Maybe Brian De Palma’s latest film, Passion?"

Vulture
"Passion is Brian De Palma's remake of the recent French thriller Love Crime, but since this new teaser trailer is brief enough, we prefer to see the movie through our own specific lens: Obviously, this is a sequel to both Mean Girls and Prometheus. Noomi Rapace has clearly escaped the dangerous aliens and made her way to a lesbian business planet where Rachel McAdams, as Regina George, lives in exile. Very quickly, after a constant diet of corporate-training videos and sexually charged, Black Swan–themed slumber parties, Regina George is entrapping Noomi in devious mind games (watch out for her "So you agree?" and four-way phone-conversation gambits, Noomi!) and from then on, it's just a matter of time before they're stroking each others' faces and engaging in masked cunnilingus. Shut down the world! We have found the perfect movie."

Wired
"It’s not as crazy as the scene in Prometheus where Noomi Rapace’s character performs surgery on herself, but things do get kind of weird for the Swedish actress midway into the new trailer for Passion."

Jezebel
"If you're a Brian De Palma fan (and why wouldn't you be?), you know that a lot of his movies feature vaguely threatening women doing vaguely threatening things. Sometimes, those things are not always what they seem, WINK WINK (I'm winking, fyi), which means that there's a twist, or what M. Night Shyamalan would haughtily call a paradigm shift. There's no reason to suspect that De Palma's latest pyscho-sexual thriller, Passion, will be any different, as it features a gleefully self-centered Rachel McAdams and her lover (?), played by a strangely quiet Noomi Rapace. Intrigue and nakedness no doubt ensue."

Hollywood Outbreak
It takes a lot to wake me up from my emotional slumber, but I applaud the Toronto International Film Festival (let’s just call them TIFF) for giving me my daily cup of cinematic Joe with the Official Trailer to Brian De Palma’s new film Passion."

Rachel Fox
"My friend curated a selection of his own unique cocktails, all named after Brian de Palma films. Can't wait to tell him about PASSION. Yum!"

Movieline
"Watching the trailer for Brian De Palma's upcoming film Passion, I get the feeling that he could be a fan of SCTV's classic Whispers of the Wolf Ingmar Bergman parody. Yes, I know that De Palma's erotic thriller is based on the late Alain Corneau's final film Love Crime (2010), about two international business women locked in a power struggle — but there's something about Noomi Rapace's vacant stare in the first scenes of the trailer that reminds me of the great Andrea Martin's performance in the SCTV comedy gem. (You can see both videos after the jump.) And Rapace's co-star Rachel McAdams strikes me as a more vulpine version of the also-great Catherine O'Hara. I couldn't help but notice that both clips feature masks, by the way, although based on the contents of the sex drawer that gets opened in the Passion trailer, De Palma's movie is going to be way kinkier than anything that ever ran on Count Floyd's Monster Chiller Horror Theater."


Posted by Geoff at 12:50 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 2:37 PM CDT

Name: "Patrick"

Bland, movie-of-the-week photography, and where's Pino Donaggio? Hopefully the actual movie will fix that.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 4:15 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

I think it looks fantastic!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 5:22 PM CDT

Name: "Calum"
Home Page: http://manalishifilms.com

I would certainly not call this bland photography! I think it looks excellent. I am particularly excited about this now. The pearl necklace shot reminds me of the Body Double trailer.

 As for the music - it's not at all unusual for a trailer, particularly a teaser trailer to not feature the score from the film itself.

The long wait for a trailer is over, the wait for the film itself just got harder.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 6:58 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

I wish PASSION makes money for the studio so De Palma can get back to directing Hollywood Studio pictures! The PASSION premises seems like a tv movie that's been done to death. It has to be as scandalous and stylistically trashy as Paul Verhoeven's BASIC INSTINCT if it's going to find an audience. FEMME FATALE which was the last personal De Palma film only did 16 million at the world wide box-office from a budget of 21 million. PASSION has to make money if De Palma is going to get the chance to make big-budget studio pictures to where I think he belongs. It's a pity THE KEY MAN fell apart as that type of sci-fi/spy concept under De Palma would have been as successful as his MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE movie.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 9:09 PM CDT

Name: "Randy Aitken"
Home Page: http://musi-cine-howlwithlaughter.blogspot.com/

The trailer looks fine. The cinematography appears to use a lot of natural lighting and a palette of greys and neutral shadings of black and white. Whatever bold colors that may appear in the film will become even more stunning when applied to the visual foundation of the gray scheme. Look at the power of the white mask when it is on screen. This is Berlin, right? With all of those killer location photos of architectural spaces posted a few months ago by Geoff, we are all in for a De Palma treat. Usually I feel like time is passing too quickly. In this case, I can't wait for PASSION.

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 3:11 AM CDT

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

Sizzling teaser! The images really pop, the deep focus close-up/medium two-shot introduces uneasy tension and every next cut cranks up the disturbing excitement. But wait, what's that I hear? Box office potential for early 2013! Maybe audiences are about to learn what "thriller" really means.

 

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:02 AM CDT

Name: "Christian G"
Home Page: http://www.youtbe.com/user/kxstrough

Wow - very excited right now.

The trailer as a whole is rythmic and atmospheric.

I really like the high angle in the night scene at the office, the tracking up the stairway and the signature De Palma deep-focus shots, but I do agree that some of the shots look a bit mundane. I hope your right about the contrast and loctions, Randy, and that we're not in for another Dahlia. 

All in all I am really quite positive though, and have high hopes. I do think this should be a hit for Brian. :)

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 7:56 AM CDT

Name: "Donald"

Allocine put a release date for France: february 13 2013... Almost six months from now :(

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