ON 'PASSION': "ONE OF THE MOST INTENSE PLEASURES OF THE FESTIVAL"
A big thanks to David Davidson at Toronto Film Review, who yesterday posted summarized translations of Cahiers du cinéma's reviews of Brian De Palma films from the 2000s. A couple of weeks ago, Davidson posted a translation of a Cahiers roundtable discussion from 1981, which he described as "the catalyst to take De Palma seriously at the magazine, which would last to the present day."
Davidson notes in yesterday's post, "De Palma is usually brought up in relation to Cahiers du cinéma, where the main reference point being how Carlito’s Way was voted to be the number one film of the 90’s. But little is actually written about what their critics have actually written in their reviews of De Palma’s films and what they have to say about the auteur himself." To that end, Davidson provides edited translations (he leaves out the synopsis, mostly) of the Cahiers reviews of Mission to Mars, Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia, Redacted, and a festival brief about Passion.
Also check out an edited version of Davidson's recent speech, "The Fakery of Brian De Palma: Truth Hinging Upon the Absurd," which was delivered at this month’s edition of the Toronto lecture series "What We Talk About."