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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

From a BBC Toronto round-up:

British director Peter Strickland arrived for his first Toronto with his art-house horror movie Berberian Sound Studio, fresh from receiving five star reviews in the UK.

With the film poised to go international, he was plunged into a non-stop round of meetings and interviews.

"Toronto reminds me of school trips to Minehead where you're in some place new and exciting," he told me. "The only problem is you can't escape from the teachers."

At a different stage of his career, Brian De Palma was also working hard. Drumming up interest in his erotic thriller Passion - currently without a distributor in the US or UK - the Scarface and Carrie director held court with the air of a man looking on the bright side on working away from the studios.

"The studios would rather work with young directors they can control," the veteran film-maker said. "They don't want someone like me being old and crotchety and demanding final cut."


More interview and review links to come later today...

Posted by Geoff at 11:49 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:12 AM CDT
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Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 2:01 AM CDT

Name: "Randy Aitken"

What a telling photograph. A sensitive face and a captivating photo. Love it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 7:39 AM CDT

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

Hello, here's a very interesting review which states what the fans wanted to hear:

"Ah, Passion. Perhaps not the film of the festival for me (that’s still Like Someone in Love), but certainly the one that most tickled my cinephilia. Like Kiarostami’s film, it’s a wondrous feat (a series of feats, really) of misdirection. Who are these characters who look like Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace and Karoline Herfurth but are actually gimlet-eyed projections from cinema’s past? Abstractions, sure, yet when do abstractions exude such a feeling of heated flesh, of shards of fantasies being moved around the screen like drops of mercury? The layers upon layers of De Palma’s artifice dare us to find out. It’s a crazy, thorny spiral of a movie, not “campy” but funny. Think of McAdams, done up like a parody of Grace Kelly (her blonde hair for some reason looking like a wig) in her wood-paneled office with the word “IMAGE” spelled in red, blocky letters behind her. Or of Rapace ramming her car into a Coke machine (De Palma’s Godardian side is always present), followed by a crying jag and a sudden rain that are, like everything on screen, not what they seem. (A camera movement reveals the fire-alarm sprinkler drenching the character from above, and, of course, the security lenses recording it all.)"


Preceded by his tweet: "PASSION: layers upon layers of trompe l'oeil, De Palma's kino-leer in top, slippery form throughout. Oh it's glorious."

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:26 PM CDT

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

Thanks, Rado!

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