AND AUTHOR THINKS 'PASSION' SHOULD BE MARKETED AS '50 SHADES'-ISH GIRLS' NIGHT OUT
The above video was posted to YouTube by people from Padova University webradio, who really seemed to enjoy the World Premiere of Brian De Palma's Passion. On the YouTube description, they thank De Palma for "this erotic thriller that kept us clinging to the chairs of the cinema." The video was taken while the closing credits rolled for Passion, so one can hear a bit of the score by Pino Donaggio. Regarding the score, Donaggio said at Venice that "to compose the soundtrack, I followed from the plot and images, because the film completely changes: the first part is mild, the second is more sinister."
On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter posted an article stating that De Palma's film had sparked "extreme responses -- both positive and negative -- from moviegoers." The report also stated that Passion had been nominated for the Gay Lion prize, which "is awarded each year to the best film from the official selection or one of the three main sidebars that 'accurately portrays lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters.'” However, that prize went to Jeon Kyu-hwan's The Weight.
CAT BAUER, 'PHANTOM' FAN, LIKES 'PASSION'; MCADAMS REMINDS HER OF NANCY ALLEN
Author Cat Bauer posted on her Ventian Cat blog from the Venice Film Festival, where she saw Passion on Friday. "Brian De Palma says that Passion is a woman's film," Bauer wrote. "Perhaps that's true, since several of the reviews I've read that were written by men are scathing. I thought the chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace was real and dynamic."
Bauer, who says that De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise is one of her "absolute favorite films" (she says she must have seen it a dozen times in the '70s), worked as an extra on Robert Zemeckis' I Wanna Hold Your Hand, which starred De Palma's future wife, Nancy Allen. "I was actually kind of a 'special' extra," Bauer writes. "I worked every day, and I had specific action to do, but no lines; it was my first time on a movie set. So, Nancy Allen made a big impression on me."
Bauer writes that "something about Rachel McAdams reminds me of Nancy Allen thirty-five years ago." Bauer adds that she thought Rapace was "terrific" in Passion, which she feels is "way too campy" to be "an erotic thriller in the tradition of Dressed to Kill and Basic Instinct, as it is being billed. "But if you look at the film from a steamy romance-novel point of view, it works," writes Bauer. "I could definitely see it as a cult chick flick, a Fifty Shades of Grey kinda thing, a girl's night out -- and that's how I would market it." At the end of her post, Bauer adds, "The film is set in an international advertising agency in Berlin, which I thought worked extremely well. I loved the euro-look; the fashion; the 'tude. Change the marketing and you can get the girls out to the theaters just to look at the sex toys and cartoon-kink."