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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER 'PASSION' CLIP
AND ANOTHER INTERVIEW CLIP FROM THE SET WITH NOOMI RAPACE


Another German-dubbed clip from Passion is up at Dshini, as well as another interview clip in which Noomi Rapace discusses Dani as Isabelle's assistant. The film clip is the scene in which Isabelle has one-upped Christine, who is just now finding out. Here are the links:

Passion Filmclip: Lehrstunde

Noomi Rapace Interview Clip - Dani as assistant to Isabelle, talks too much, etc.


Posted by Geoff at 11:30 PM CDT
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EVEN MORE GERMAN 'PASSION' CLIPS
MOVIE CLIP, AND A THIRD DE PALMA INTERVIEW CLIP


More Passion videos have appeared at the Dshini website today, including two new clips from the movie: the scene in which Christine hurls her phone across the room (which is also available on YouTube). And a previously unavailable scene in which Christine takes credit for Isabelle's idea. There is also a great new interview clip with Brian De Palma in which he explains what Passion is really about. Here are links to the two new clips:

Passion Filmclip: Eine Idee wechselt den Urheber

Brian De Palma - Passion is really about creativity

De Palma: "Well, what's interesting about the film is it's really about creativity, and how things and ideas are created from images in your subconscious. A lot of the film is about dreaming, and the ideas you get from dreaming, and the loss of your sense of reality. Because so much of your thought process takes place in your subconscious."

Posted by Geoff at 12:50 AM CDT
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WORK-IN-PROGRESS ART FOR 'HAPPY VALLEY'
POSTED AT 'COMING SOON' PAGE OF PRESSMAN FILMS
At left is a preliminary work-in-progress poster for Happy Valley, which has been posted in the "Coming Soon" section of the Pressman Films website. I say "work-in-progress," of course, because that is not Al Pacino on the poster, because the film is still being written by David McKenna, and no footage has yet been shot. (Thanks to the Swan Archives News page for finding this poster.)

As for the writing of the film, McKenna tweeted Saturday that he was still "focusing on the puzzle right now" (see below).


Posted by Geoff at 12:00 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:36 AM CDT
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
2 MORE 'PASSION' VIDEOS AT DSHINI
CLIP OF DIRK & ISABELLE, AND NOOMI INTERVIEW CLIP


The image above is from the start of "Der Pitch" clip that I posted a link to earlier today. I like how the start of the clip features an ad-in-motion for the ballet Afternoon Of A Faun hovering over the shot of Rachel McAdams walking into the corporate building, the faces turning toward the viewer/audience/passerby as if portending some sort of eerie fate.

Meanwhile, back to this post's headline. Dshini keeps adding more Passion-related videos. Here are links to two more added late today:

Passion Filmclip: Bettgeschichten

Noomi Rapace - Passion characters are trapped in world of advertisments, urgent push to be "the winner"


Posted by Geoff at 10:34 PM CDT
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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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