BRACKETED BY SCREENINGS OF 'OBSESSION' & 'FALLING DOWN'
Paul Hirsch, who has made 11 films with Brian De Palma, will present a Master Class at Cinéma Grand Action in Paris on Sunday, November 19th. The Master Class (at 6pm) will be preceeded by a screening of De Palma's Obsession (4pm), and the night will close out with a screening of Joel Schumacher's Falling Down (7:30pm).
The press release quotes Hirsch about Obsession: "The film was turned down by every major studio when it was originally finished. I then had the idea of substituting a single shot in the film, and convinced De Palma and the producer to do it. It was then picked up by Columbia. How changing one shot changed the meaning of the story, and transformed a picture no one wanted to distribute into one they did, is an interesting example of the significance of editing."
And then also a brief quote from Hirsch about Falling Down: "Falling Down is very relevant to current events in America today. It is one of my forgotten films, by and large, but I think it was sort of prophetic. And it represented a distinct editing challenge in its own way."