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Sunday, April 14, 2013
3 NEW GERMAN-DUBBED 'PASSION' CLIPS
AND MORE KAROLINE, DE PALMA INTERVIEW CLIPS IN ENGLISH


Dshini Passion Filmclip: Was willst Du?

Dshini Passion Filmclip: Was ich an dir mag

Dshini Passion Filmclip: Der Pitch

Karoline Herfurth Interview Clip (2 of 3 -- How Dani & Isabelle are opposite personalities)

Karoline Herfurth Interview Clip (3 of 3 -- Dani enjoys her role as assistant)

Brian De Palma Interview Clip (2 of 2 -- Isabelle is full of mystery, the dark side comes out)


Posted by Geoff at 1:54 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:09 AM CDT
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
'SINISTER' FILMMAKER PERPLEXED BY DE PALMA
AND 'BLACK DAHLIA' SCREENWRITER JOSH FRIEDMAN CHIMES IN, AS WELL

Posted by Geoff at 12:21 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:32 AM CDT
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Friday, April 12, 2013
'PASSION' U.S. IN JULY, SAYS EW SUMMER PREVIEW
AND TWO MORE 'PASSION' CLIPS FROM GERMANY


Thanks to Marina for letting us know about the YouTube video above, which features two clips from Brian De Palma's Passion, dubbed in German (the film opens in Germany May 2nd). [Slight spoilers in the rest of this paragraph.] The first clip is the "Call me never!" scene in which Rachel McAdams, stunningly gorgeous in robe and lingerie, angrily throws her phone across the room. The second clip is the crux of the whole piece, in which Noomi Rapace's Isabelle is humiliated in public by McAdams' Christine. The beautifully mournful Donaggio music juxtaposed with Isabelle's crying-on-the-inside laugh recalls similar moments in De Palma's two most recent previous features: The Black Dahlia, when Elizabeth Short wipes away tears to smile for the camera (and her cold, detached director); and the final scene in Redacted, which finds a soldier being swayed by the crowd to smile for the camera as a Puccini aria begins to swell underneath.

Between these two scenes, and the one posted yesterday, the film is really looking good to me (albeit dubbed in German). The Donaggio score as Karoline looks hurtfully through the window at the two lovers enjoying each others' company makes for a sublime moment of sadness, as well. Can't wait to see how it all fits together the way it was meant to be seen.

Speaking of which, Entertainment Weekly's "Summer Movie Preview" issue is out now, and it lists Passion for July, with an exact date to be announced. Here's the brief included by Grady Smith in the "Also Playing" sidebar for July:

"Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace each have a ruthless PASSION for success at an ad agency, and they'll do whatever (and whomever) it takes to get ahead in Brian De Palma's kinky thriller."


Posted by Geoff at 5:06 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:46 AM CDT
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
NEW 'PASSION' VIDEOS FROM GERMANY
NEW CLIP, PLUS DE PALMA & KAROLINE HERFURTH INTERVIEW CLIPS


I found three new Passion videos at the German site Dshini.net. I did not see a way to embed them, so here are the links:


Passion Film Clip (dubbed in German)

Karoline Herfurth

Brian De Palma talks about Berlin


"Well, I have a long history with Berlin. I came to Berlin in 1969 with Greetings. I stayed at this hotel. I went to the zoo palace, which is being rebuilt. I won my first award here in Berlin, a Silver Bear for Greetings. I quite enjoy the Berlin Festival. I’ve been coming for years. I must have been here four or five times. It’s a terrific city. The people have been very nice. And working here has been a dream, basically."

Posted by Geoff at 6:55 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:16 AM CDT
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KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS ON DE PALMA & M:I
"CUT! KRISTIN, STOP LOOKING LIKE YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT YOUR ORCHARDS IN RUSSIA!"


Last September, Kristin Scott Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter's Alexandra Zawia an anecdote about working with Brian De Palma on Mission: Impossible. "I really like Brian De Palma, in a twisted way," she told Zawia. "He gave me the most outrageous acting direction once on Mission: Impossible. I was acting away, and he says 'Cut, cut, cut! You are in [Albert] and you are a spy. You look like you are surveying your estates in Russia.' Stop acting, right? I should write a book: 'Pieces of directing I have loved.'”

In an interview posted last week at Thompson On Hollywood, Scott Thomas gives Matt Mueller a few more details about the situation. Mueller asks her "whether she ever felt 'lost' on big Hollywood films like Mission: Impossible."

"I used to love it," Scott Thomas replies. "I love it less now because I'm more impatient. When you're working on a small film, you feel very much part of the actual filmmaking process. When you're on a huge film, it's all technical so that's when I enjoy being told to stand there, duck my head because something's going to fly over it. I like all that, too. On Mission: Impossible, Brian De Palma gave me one of the most cruel notes. I was standing in a lift trying to look like I'm a spy and Brian said, 'Cut! Kristin, stop looking like you're thinking about your orchards in Russia!'"


Posted by Geoff at 6:02 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:06 PM CDT
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
DE PALMA & TARANTINO IN CONVERSATION, 1994
ONE-HOUR BBC VIDEO ON TARANTINO, "HOLLYWOOD'S BOY WONDER"


The 1994 BBC video above includes an excerpt from a conversation between Quentin Tarantino and Brian De Palma. A transcript of the full conversation appears in the John Boorman-edited Projections 5, as well as in Brian De Palma: Interviews, edited by Laurence F. Knapp. Prior to the excerpt, Tarantino shows a scene from De Palma's Casualties Of War (which he says is probably his favorite war movie), describing how he watched the film while he was writing Reservoir Dogs as sort of a guide for the emotions of his film. Tarantino also flips through his De Palma scrapbook for the camera. (And you'll note that the video begins with music from Blow Out, followed by soundtrack clips from the other two movies Tarantino named at the time (along with Blow Out) as his three favorite movies, Taxi Driver and Rio Bravo.)

Posted by Geoff at 6:54 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7:35 PM CDT
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Sunday, April 7, 2013
SPRING SPECIAL: 'WOTON'S WAKE'
EARLY DE PALMA SHORT INCLUDED ON 'SOMETHING WEIRD' DVD COMPILATION
Beginning with this post, and leading up to the U.S. release of Passion, I'll be moving through Brian De Palma's filmography movie-by-movie, chronologically, to post links, etc., to articles, essays, and other items that may have fallen through the cracks of this site within the past couple of years. We start the "Spring Special" with Brian De Palma's early short, Woton's Wake, which sometime last year was included on the DVD compilation The Weird World Of Weird, Volume 2, from Something Weird Video (the same company that a few years ago released the first-ever DVD or video edition of De Palma's Murder A La Mod). Thanks to Chris for bringing this release to my attention.

As noted back in 2011, Arrow Video included Woton's Wake as an extra feature on its Obsession Blu-Ray. The Digital Fix's Mike Sutton wrote of the short, "Woton's Wake, from 1962, concerns one Woton Wretchichevsky, a sculptor who kills people with a blow torch. He's played by William Finley, an actor who has appeared in eight of De Palma's films and also did the voice for Bobbi on the answerphone in Dressed To Kill. There's no dialogue in the film but there are songs which comment on the action. It all ends with an orgy and the outbreak of war. Needless to say, this is hopelessly pretentious but it's also - presumably intentionally - quite funny and the black and white compositions are striking."

About a year ago, Mikael Gaudin-Lech posted an essay about Woton's Wake at Stardust Memories. "A mythological digression," states Gaudin-Lech, "Woton's Wake is a wandering made of odds and ends, nightmares and dreams, cardboard and ghosts, figures of haunted expressionism (currently in the spotlight at the Cinematheque) which reflected 'the eternal concern of the German soul which seeks to meet in dreams and fantasy' [H. Eisner Lotte quote from 'Notes on the style of Fritz Lang', in La Revue du Cinema, February 1947]. Similarly, if 'burning from within is what best characterizes the Murnalien actor' (Hervé Joubert-Laurencin), Woton embodies this character's internal combustion, a monstrous creature who disappears behind distorting makeup, ablaze, making his entire grotesque face unrecognizable (fire, smoke, scabs, hair pieces, makeup)."

Later in the essay, Gaudin-Lech, while describing the first scenes of Woton's Wake, notes a direct reference to Alain Resnais' Hiroshima, mon amour, which is one of the published screenplays that appears on the bookshelf at the start of the film (see image above). "In the foreground, Woton, Nosferatu hybrid and elusive, haunting the rooftops, surprises an embracing couple with an ignited blowtorch, creating a vivid picture that obviously brings to mind the bodies of Hiroshima, mon amour. Using canted angles, fades, close-ups, a persistent contrast between the white of the sky and the black of the buildings, highlighting the salient edges of natural scenery and the thrust of its frames, DePalma transforms the film school where his film was shot into a universe dreamlike and strange, made of rubble and devastated warehouses in disarray. Of course, the German Expressionist cinema was summoned, but also abstract art, the underground cinema shot in Bolex 16mm, contemporary architecture..."


Posted by Geoff at 10:57 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, April 7, 2013 11:01 PM CDT
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Saturday, April 6, 2013
RACHEL VISITS JIMMY KIMMEL MONDAY
PROMOTING MALICK'S 'TO THE WONDER', IN LIMITED RELEASE & VOD NEXT FRIDAY
Thanks to Rachel McAdams Online for noting that Rachel McAdams will visit ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live this Monday night (April 8). McAdams will be there to promote Terrence Malick's To The Wonder, but of course there is always a chance she might mention her work in Brian De Palma's Passion, which will be released in about two months. To The Wonder will be in limited release, as well as VOD, beginning Friday, April 12. McAdams is in the Malick film for only about 15 minutes. World's Michael Leaser praises McAdams' work in the film, writing, "In 10-15 minutes of screen time, Rachel McAdams gives perhaps one of the most impressive performances of her career as an old flame of [Ben] Affleck’s character. Her vulnerable, lonely visage, eager for joy, reflects best the longing and searching all three of these characters experience."

Posted by Geoff at 10:54 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:56 AM CDT
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Friday, April 5, 2013
'PASSION' VIDEOS - DE PALMA, MCADAMS, RAPACE
DE PALMA TALKS ABOUT HOW ISABELLE'S WORKING METHODS ARE MUCH LIKE HIS OWN


"It's very much the way I work. I mean, so much of what I photograph or put into my movies comes from my dreams and my subconscious. I'm up in the middle of the night, I sleep for a couple of hours, and get up with a new idea, and that's very much the way Isabelle is. She... Creativity comes from these things that occur while you're unconscious."

RACHEL: DE PALMA HAS "CLEAR VISION", YET HAS NO FEAR ABOUT MAKING CHANGES ON SET


"It's been great. It's been really lovely, because he has such a clear vision of this film. You know, he has said that he has it all mapped out in his head. And, you know, shot-by-shot. Which can sound quite scary, because you think, 'Is there room for anything else?' And then you get on set with him, and he's so open and receptive and collaborative, he gives great direction, and, you know, I don't know if this just comes with experience, but he doesn't seem to have any fear when it comes to making changes, or opening things up... You know, it's been quite calming. [Laughs] It's been a really nice combination of things."

NOOMI ON THE POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN HER CHARACTER AND RACHEL'S


"They are like kindred spirits, they are quite similar, but Christine, Rachel's character, is my boss, and I'm working for her, so in the power position, she's stronger than me. And so it's like a dance between us, in a way... I like that it's... In every scene we've been doing, it's so many different things going on... and sometimes I feel like, 'Whoa! I've got to get my head around this, and straighten out what's really going on', because they're playing so many games, these like mind games with each other."

Posted by Geoff at 6:10 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 6, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
NEW TRAILER FOR 'CARRIE' REMAKE

Posted by Geoff at 7:38 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:54 PM CDT
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