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Thursday, September 6, 2012
MICHAEL PHILLIPS ON 'LOOPER'
"MYSTERIOUS YOUNG BOY WHO CLEARLY HAS AN OLD VHS COPY OF 'THE FURY' STASHED SOMEPLACE"
The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips filed a report from the Toronto International Film Festival tonight, which includes his brief initial thoughts on the opening night film, Rian Johnson's Looper. "Writer-director Rian Johnson's ambitious action picture," writes Phillips, "co-stars a hardscrabble and convincingly Kansas-located Emily Blunt as the guardian of a mysterious young boy who clearly has an old VHS copy of Brian De Palma's The Fury stashed someplace."

Posted by Geoff at 9:32 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 9:33 PM CDT
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DE PALMA TO APPEAR ON WEB BROADCAST FROM TIFF
7PM EASTERN DAILY BROADCAST FROM VARIETY & ORTSBO
According to a Marketwire press release, Brian De Palma is one of several guests scheduled to appear on "Ortsbo and Variety Live from Toronto," which will broadcast on the internet and TV from TIFF at 7pm eastern daily, and Sundays at 8pm eastern. The program will run from September 8-16. More guests will be announced as the festival continues. The program can be viewed online at Variety.com and Ortsbo.com.

Posted by Geoff at 6:19 PM CDT
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'PASSION' PRESS KIT IS ONLINE
DE PALMA: "THIS FILM IS ABOUT WOMEN, BUT IT IS ALSO FOR WOMEN"
Thanks to reader Jord for alerting us to the fact that Wild Bunch has made the press kit for Brian De Palma's Passion available to download. The kit includes a great new interview with De Palma, discussing many aspects of the film, such as: the split-screen murder scene; the inspiration for the commercial Noomi Rapace's character creates with Karoline Herfurth's character; how Rachel McAdams went all out and had fun playing "a very evil woman"; the reason "Afternoon Of A Faun" seemed appropriate for this story; how placing "boring procedural stuff" in a stylized dream world allows it to become "kind of fun"; and how McAdams and Rapace were so comfortable with each other, they were willing to go to dangerous places together. De Palma says that while Alain Corneau's film "tip toed around the sexual attraction between the characters," Rapace and McAdams "played it straight out. I did not say to them: 'kiss each other and be erotic'. They just did it. And it was quite effective." De Palma also says that while he had three women who were "not afraid of nudity," Passion is a film about women, and also for women, "which is why I wanted to make it more elegant and refrained. The same goes for violence: I did not make it too explicit because women are turned off by it."

ALCAINE AND DONAGGIO
De Palma also praises the way cinematographer José Luis Alcaine photographs women, and how he made noir images look "terrific" in color, something that is not so easy to do, according to De Palma. The director also said he called on Pino Donaggio because "he knows how to write the kind of terror-dream music I needed for this film... The last sequence is essential and had to be absolutely right. Even though we had not worked together in 22 years, he knows me very well and once I gave him a temp suggestion, he came up with incredible stuff."

De Palma is expected to arrive in Venice today (Thursday) ahead of Friday's world premiere of Passion.

The entire interview can also be read at Rachel McAdams Online.


Posted by Geoff at 1:53 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 6:20 PM CDT
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
DE PALMA & GUESTS TO TALK MONDAY AT TIFF
PART OF INDIEWIRE'S AFTERNOON TALK SERIES, MODERATED BY ANNE THOMPSON
Brian De Palma and "to-be-determined special guests" will participate in a discussion of De Palma's Passion on Monday, September 10, from 4-4:30pm, as part of Indiewire @ The TIFF Filmmakers Lounge, running September 8-11. Passion will screen at the festival one day later, on September 11. The Monday discussion will be moderated by Anne Thompson, and is open to TIFF pass holders.

Posted by Geoff at 8:44 PM CDT
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Monday, September 3, 2012
KOEPP'S CORNER: 'PREMIUM RUSH'
IN THEATERS NOW, SOLID THRILLER THAT PLAYS WITH TIME

David Koepp's action-packed thriller Premium Rush finally opened in theaters last week. The film takes off from a terrific opening slow-motion shot set to The Who's Baba O'Riley, and never lets up from there, with a great soundtrack by David Sardy. The dialogue is rapid, matching the speediness of the bike messengers at the center of the film. Koepp and John Kamps have written a screenplay that manages to connect all of the characters in ways that sometimes seem too coincidental to be true, but it all moves so fast that it is easy to let go and just go with it.

Premium Rush jumps back and forth in time, somewhat like Brian De Palma's Murder A La Mod, showing certain scenes from different characters' perspectives. Koepp also did a bit of this with De Palma on Snake Eyes, although in that film, the jumps in time were presented as flashbacks. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is very good as the lead, and Michael Shannon has a role that allows him freedom of explosion, and he seems to have fun following that muse. (Also of note: Koepp cast his screenwriter friend Brian Koppelman as a mostly dialogue-free loan shark. Koppelman co-wrote the original draft of the as-yet-unmade Untouchables prequel, Capone Rising.)

This is Koepp's fifth feature, and all have been inventive works of well-crafted entertainment, from the horror-tinged thrillers he started off with (The Trigger Effect, Stir Of Echoes, and Secret Window), to the comedy Ghost Town, and now this action thriller. Hopefully it will be sooner than four years before we get another one.

Posted by Geoff at 3:06 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, September 3, 2012 3:07 AM CDT
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
NYFF POSTS STILLS & DESCRIPTION OF 'PASSION'
'BRILLIANT USE OF SPLIT SCREEN', 'A CONFUSION OF IDENTICAL TWINS', DREAMS WITHIN DREAMS

The New York Film Festival today posted its film schedule, along with new stills from Brian De Palma's Passion. Also posted is a mind-warpingly tantalizing description of Passion, which will screen at the fest on Saturday, September 29 at 9pm, followed by screenings on October 6 and October 11. Here is the NYFF description:
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"Brian De Palma exhibits great panache and a diabolical mastery of frequent, small surprises in his cinematically most ingenious movie since his magical comedy-of-coincidences, Femme Fatale. With tongue planted in cheek, or maybe not—it’s up to you to decide—De Palma turns French director Alain Corneau’s 2010 Love Crime into a droll, erotic tale of female competition. Noomi Rapace more than matches her performance in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the assistant to an unscrupulous advertising honcho (Rachel McAdams), who steals her ideas and acts as if it’s all good sport. It’s great fun until De Palma zeros in on the fury in Rapace’s eyes. The De Palma trademarks are all present and deployed with coolly calculated abandon: a brilliant use of split screen; a confusion of identical twins; dreams within dreams; and shoes to die for."

Posted by Geoff at 6:49 PM CDT
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Monday, August 27, 2012
DE PALMA & BAUMBACH TO SHARE STAGE AT NYFF
DISCUSSING THEIR INFLUENCES, SHOWING CLIPS, AUDIENCE Q&A, OCT 7
Brian De Palma and Noah Baumbach will be on stage to discuss each others' films and influences October 7th, as part of the New York Film Festival's "On Cinema" series of master classes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this will be the first time this event will feature two directors sharing a stage. Baumbach interviewed De Palma on a special feauture of last year's Criterion edition of Blow Out, and the pair attended films together at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. At NYFF, they will discuss their films and influences, show clips, and take questions from the audience, according to the Hollywood Reporter. De Palma's Passion and Baumbach's Frances Ha will each be screened at the festival.

Posted by Geoff at 8:03 PM CDT
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DE PALMA TALKS 'PASSION', VENICE, MORE
"I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AN AVANT-GARDE AUTEUR OUTSIDE THE ESTABLISHMENT"
Thanks to reader Maurizio Rossi for sending along this past weekend's interview with Brian De Palma in La Repubblica. Arianna Finos interviewed De Palma via Skype, and mentions that De Palma's username combines his brothers Bruce and Barton. Finos then points out that Brian and Bruce shared a love of technology. They designed their own computers, "so when the technological revolution arrived we were ready," De Palma told Finos. Here, with the help of Google Translation, is a translation of the interview:
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"Passion" is a remake of "Crime d'amour", a film by Alain Corneau 2010.
"I liked the complex and dark relationship Corneau created between the two women. It’s a good basis for developing a story more complicated and mysterious than the original, in which we discover immediately who killed whom. The pleasure of a thriller is to put together a system full of tricks and reveal them only at the end. "

So it will be a full revisioning.
"Yes. Beyond the sexual tension that was mentioned, my film goes well beyond. Initially I was looking for a mature, sophisticated actress similar to the manager in the original film. But Noomi Rapace won me over with her charisma. Rachel McAdams had read the script and arrived with Noomi. They had met on the set of "Sherlock Holmes" and have developed a strong relationship, which I used in the film. That way they play against each other, sexy and dangerous at the same time."

Five years ago, you brought to “Redacted” to Venice, instant-film on the war in Iraq. Now you return to the thriller.
"It’s been years since I did this kind of movie. I found this material and I started to see the images of the story: an exciting adventure. For the music I called Pino Donaggio, who's been with me on so many films, from "Dressed to Kill" to "Body Double." The thriller is a genre that allows me to stage my visions. In "Passion" there is a terrifying dream sequence: a ballet, "The Afternoon of a Faun" choreographed by Jerome Robbins, which fits perfectly in the film."

You are a regular at the Venice Film Festival.
"The public has always welcomed my films. I love Venice and I frequently attend as a guest of my friend Pino Donaggio."

With Scorsese, Lucas, and Spielberg, you founded the New Hollywood. Do you visit with them these days?
"We were friends in the seventies and eighties. We came a long way together. Every now and then we'll see each other. But each of us has our own world. We live in different places, do different things. I continued my research and I now have relationships with younger directors: Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson. I love and I attend this generation, living in Greenwich Village. We meet, we exchange scripts and advice."

Who is your heir? "Tarantino. He always does visually exciting things. I admire the visionary talents of Christopher Nolan. But apart from the blockbuster special effects, there are few films told in pictures. It is as if we are at the end of a way of storytelling".

When you were 30 you directed Orson Welles in "Get To Know Your Rabbit."
"Welles is a great example of what not to do in Hollywood. A master filmmaker who worked with me, for two weeks, because he needed money for his films. It is not easy to immediately make your masterpiece and spend the rest of your life trying to get back to that peak. At the time of "Citizen Kane" he was considered a money machine, but when he came out from the circle of Hollywood he suffered. He was a masterful director and an actor who could do everything. Fascinating storyteller."

You are also a director who divides and causes debate.
"I've always been an avant-garde auteur outside of the establishment. I remember a headline in the New York Times: "Here's another film by De Palma to argue about." The public knows that I do not pull back from uncomfortable subjects that are not politically correct, I'm not a member of the Academy. This means nothing to me. I know what's right and wrong when I film, the rest does not concern me."

Are a filmmaker’s films like children, all the same?
"Sometimes you do certain films because they are the only ones the business allows you. Sometimes you're in a low moment of your career and you have to accept the proposals. Sometimes you do films that are not exactly what you want. Sometimes great successes allow you to finance a film that is important to you that no one wants: thanks to "The Untouchables" there exists "Casualties of War". There are films ahead of their time, cut down and then re-evaluated. Others that I would like to have not made due to the circumstances or reactions. I’ve made so many different films. Not all I like, but I love them all."

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'THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN', CHOREOGRAPHED BY JEROME ROBBINS
Robbins' adaptation of The Afternoon Of A Faun sounds positively Brechtian from the way it is described in the video below...

Posted by Geoff at 12:38 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 11:13 PM CDT
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
'PASSION' TRAILER MAKES ITS MARK
BALLET IN FILM APPEARS TO BE 'AFTERNOON OF A FAUN'

The trailer for Brian De Palma's Passion popped up today, courtesy the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film will screen next month. This is the most exciting trailer I've seen in a decade, when the French trailer for De Palma's Femme Fatale made the rounds. With De Palma's name at the end punctuating those of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, the trailer is marked as one in a long line of De Palma "invitations," such as that of the Dressed To Kill trailer. Instead of "From the director of Scarface," the trailer makes no bones that this is a true blue De Palma film. At just over a minute, it's more of a teaser trailer, seemingly sans any Pino Donaggio, but the brief flashes of images, shot by José Luis Alcaine, look terrifically stylish, and I love the way the whole trailer turns on McAdams' delicious delivery of the line, "Hmmm... well now I want to be loved." Very much looking forward to seeing this film...~!

A shot in the trailer shows Rapace in front of a poster for the ballet, The Afternoon Of A Faun. Last May, we learned that instead of going to a movie, as she does in Love Crime, in Passion Rapace's character attends a ballet. It appears that the ballet is the appropriately erotic and scandalous Afternoon Of A Faun.

SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE TRAILER FROM AROUND THE WEB

The Wall Street Journal
"Take a large portion of Basic Instinct, add a healthy helping of Eyes Wide Shut, mix in a bit of Wall Street, sprinkle on the last two 'Sherlock Holmes' female leads (Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace) and heat to the temperature of Body Double and what do you get? Maybe Brian De Palma’s latest film, Passion?"

Vulture
"Passion is Brian De Palma's remake of the recent French thriller Love Crime, but since this new teaser trailer is brief enough, we prefer to see the movie through our own specific lens: Obviously, this is a sequel to both Mean Girls and Prometheus. Noomi Rapace has clearly escaped the dangerous aliens and made her way to a lesbian business planet where Rachel McAdams, as Regina George, lives in exile. Very quickly, after a constant diet of corporate-training videos and sexually charged, Black Swan–themed slumber parties, Regina George is entrapping Noomi in devious mind games (watch out for her "So you agree?" and four-way phone-conversation gambits, Noomi!) and from then on, it's just a matter of time before they're stroking each others' faces and engaging in masked cunnilingus. Shut down the world! We have found the perfect movie."

Wired
"It’s not as crazy as the scene in Prometheus where Noomi Rapace’s character performs surgery on herself, but things do get kind of weird for the Swedish actress midway into the new trailer for Passion."

Jezebel
"If you're a Brian De Palma fan (and why wouldn't you be?), you know that a lot of his movies feature vaguely threatening women doing vaguely threatening things. Sometimes, those things are not always what they seem, WINK WINK (I'm winking, fyi), which means that there's a twist, or what M. Night Shyamalan would haughtily call a paradigm shift. There's no reason to suspect that De Palma's latest pyscho-sexual thriller, Passion, will be any different, as it features a gleefully self-centered Rachel McAdams and her lover (?), played by a strangely quiet Noomi Rapace. Intrigue and nakedness no doubt ensue."

Hollywood Outbreak
It takes a lot to wake me up from my emotional slumber, but I applaud the Toronto International Film Festival (let’s just call them TIFF) for giving me my daily cup of cinematic Joe with the Official Trailer to Brian De Palma’s new film Passion."

Rachel Fox
"My friend curated a selection of his own unique cocktails, all named after Brian de Palma films. Can't wait to tell him about PASSION. Yum!"

Movieline
"Watching the trailer for Brian De Palma's upcoming film Passion, I get the feeling that he could be a fan of SCTV's classic Whispers of the Wolf Ingmar Bergman parody. Yes, I know that De Palma's erotic thriller is based on the late Alain Corneau's final film Love Crime (2010), about two international business women locked in a power struggle — but there's something about Noomi Rapace's vacant stare in the first scenes of the trailer that reminds me of the great Andrea Martin's performance in the SCTV comedy gem. (You can see both videos after the jump.) And Rapace's co-star Rachel McAdams strikes me as a more vulpine version of the also-great Catherine O'Hara. I couldn't help but notice that both clips feature masks, by the way, although based on the contents of the sex drawer that gets opened in the Passion trailer, De Palma's movie is going to be way kinkier than anything that ever ran on Count Floyd's Monster Chiller Horror Theater."


Posted by Geoff at 12:50 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
'PASSION' AT TIFF ON DE PALMA'S BIRTHDAY
AND KAROLINE HERFURTH IN GERMAN EDITION OF INTERVIEW

The Toronto International Film Festival revealed its schedule today. Brian De Palma is expected to be in attendance to present his new film Passion on his birthday, Tuesday September 11, at 8pm in the Winter Garden Theatre. Passion will also screen September 13 and 14. This will all follow the film's world premiere September 7th at the Venice Film Festival. Terrence Malick's To The Wonder, which, like Passion, features Rachel McAdams, will screen at TIFF the day before De Palma's film, on September 10. McAdams is expected to attend TIFF, and since the two films debut there a day apart, it seems likely she will be on had for both screenings.

Meanwhile, Karoline Herfurth, who is featured in Passion, and who had also appeared in Tom Tykwer's Perfume, is interviewed in the August issue of the German edition of Andy Warhol's Interview, and briefly mentions a story about Passion that she had previously mentioned on her Facebook page...
(Thanks to Screenfreekz for the link and the translation!)
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HERFURTH: What could a perfumer possibly do if he got rhinitis?

INTERVIEW: He'd need a good disability insurance. But in your profession a blocked nose can't be helpful either. What would you do?

HERFURTH : During my last week of shooting with Brian De Palma I got an allergic reaction. The night before my most important scene, with the most English-language text, which I'd preped for weeks! But if I'd called in sick, the whole crew would have had to suspend shooting for the day. That's incredibly expensive, one should only do that in case of absolute emergency. Otherwise: go act!

INTERVIEW: Would you say you get sick out of sheer excitement?

HERFURTH: I don't think so. But it's true that before an emotional scene I get unusually sad or even cry. And then I remember that my subconscious is also rehearsing the scene. It's like I'm always double-checking whether I can call up a particular emotion.

INTERVIEW: Sounds tough.

HERFURTH: That's my job.


Posted by Geoff at 7:55 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:56 PM CDT
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