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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Brian De Palma's Passion will get the U.S. big-screen treatment this week when it screens twice at the Provincetown International Film Festival in Massachusetts. The festival runs June 19-23. According to the fest's official Film Program, a print provided by eOne will screen at 9:30 pm Wednesday, June 19 (at Art House 2), and also at 10pm Saturday, June 22 (at Town Hall). Also screening at the fest will be Pedro Almodóvar's new film, I'm So Excited, which was shot by José Luis Alcaine, who also shot De Palma's Passion.

In writing about the festival, Edge on the Net's Jake Mulligan states, "There’s no film festival like Provincetown. While other festivals focus on independent films, or genre films, or foreign cinema; The Provincetown International Film Festival casts a wider net. They program their festival based not on arbitrary specifications but based on a mood; each film achieving some semblance of the fierce authorial vision that defines the festival itself."

Mulligan picks ten movies to see at the fest, including Passion, which he says is De Palma's best in more than ten years. "Brian De Palma’s latest film doesn’t open until August," writes Mulligan, "but fans of the Hitchcockian auteur will surely flock to P-Town to see his latest, Passion - it’s his best picture in over ten years. Not since Femme Fatale has the Carrie auteur had this much fun; setting up Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace here as two flirty PR executives engaged in a Parisian battle-of-wits. It’s De Palma, so the sexual tension quickly amplifies into actual sex, and then violence, and then total madness. But the real beauty is in the compositions, in the return of his trademark split-screen, and in his completely visual style of storytelling. Passion doesn’t just show that De Palma is back, it shows that he never went anywhere in the first place."

(Thanks to Patrick for the Passion pic!)

Posted by Geoff at 7:45 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:52 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 2:30 AM CDT

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

Not crazy about it.

It is a combination of two parts, woven together by a slippery internal mis-logic and visuals suggesting eerily that things are messed up below the shiny surface. One is the alienation in modern corporate world, shown in a surprisingly heartfelt manner, which misfires because of casting. The other part is psycho thriller without any suspense to speak of. The detective stuff is played both straight and parodying as always and keeps the attention but I couldn't help asking "Why?". The camerawork is mostly enticing, but the medium closeup of a messed up main character under striped shadows, which dominates the second half, quickly gets old. The loony multiple dream/reality/what-is-it sequences are amusing in a way that crazy s**** happens, yay, but what was the point? It's mildly exciting to let a director in your head, but there is nothing as arresting as the Raising Cain climax. The lapses of logic will slightly amuse fans who are in the mood and certainly alienate audiences. Subsequent viewings will probably improve the experience. It would be an awesome 1/2h film.

Sadly, Passion is neither Femme Fatale nor Dressed to Kill.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 4:54 AM CDT

Name: "Marina"

Geoff do you know where Patrick found this pic?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 6:54 AM CDT

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

No, Marina, sorry, I don't know.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:20 AM CDT

Name: "Marina"

where he posted link on this pic?did he leave address of his site?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:02 PM CDT

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

Nope, no link.

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