Hello and welcome to the unofficial Brian De Palma website.
Here is the latest news:

De Palma a la Mod

E-mail
Geoffsongs@aol.com

De Palma Discussion
Forum

-------------

Pacino wows
in Venice

Pacino delivers a
masterclass as
a lion in winter

The Humbling
and Manglehorn
reviews

-------------

Exclusive Passion
Interviews:

Brian De Palma
Karoline Herfurth
Leila Rozario

------------

AV Club Review
of Dumas book

Recent Headlines
a la Mod:

-Picture emerging
for Happy Valley

-De Palma's new
project with
Said Ben Said

-De Palma to team
with Pacino & Pressman
for Paterno film
Happy Valley

« May 2013 »
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Interviews...

De Palma interviewed
in Paris 2002

De Palma discusses
The Black Dahlia 2006


Enthusiasms...

De Palma Community

The Virtuoso
of the 7th Art

The De Palma Touch

The Swan Archives

Carrie...A Fan's Site

Phantompalooza

Paul Schrader

Alfred Hitchcock
The Master Of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock Films

Snake Eyes
a la Mod

Mission To Mars
a la Mod

Sergio Leone
and the Infield
Fly Rule

Movie Mags

Directorama

The Filmmaker Who
Came In From The Cold

Jim Emerson on
Greetings & Hi, Mom!

Scarface: Make Way
For The Bad Guy

The Big Dive
(Blow Out)

Carrie: The Movie

Deborah Shelton
Official Web Site

The Phantom Project

Welcome to the
Offices of Death Records

The Carlito's Way
Fan Page

The House Next Door

Kubrick on the
Guillotine

FilmLand Empire

Astigmia Cinema

LOLA

Cultural Weekly

A Lonely Place

The Film Doctor

italkyoubored

Icebox Movies

Medfly Quarantine

Not Just Movies

Hope Lies at
24 Frames Per Second

Motion Pictures Comics

Diary of a
Country Cinephile

So Why This Movie?

Obsessive Movie Nerd

Nothing Is Written

Ferdy on Films

Cashiers De Cinema

This Recording

Mike's Movie Guide

Every '70s Movie

Dangerous Minds

EatSleepLiveFilm

No Time For
Love, Dr. Jones!

The former
De Palma a la Mod
site

Entries by Topic
A note about topics: Some blog posts have more than one topic, in which case only one main topic can be chosen to represent that post. This means that some topics may have been discussed in posts labeled otherwise. For instance, a post that discusses both The Boston Stranglers and The Demolished Man may only be labeled one or the other. Please keep this in mind as you navigate this list.
All topics
Ambrose Chapel
BAMcinématek
Bart De Palma
Becoming Visionary
Bill Pankow
Black Dahlia
Blow Out
Blue Afternoon
Body Double
Bonfire Of The Vanities
Books
Boston Stranglers
Bruce Springsteen
Cannes
Capone Rising
Carlito's Way
Carrie
Casualties Of War
Columbo - Shooting Script
Cop-Out
Cruising
Daft Punk
Dancing In The Dark
David Koepp
De Niro
De Palma Blog-A-Thon
De Palma Discussion
Demolished Man
Dionysus In '69
Dressed To Kill
Eric Schwab
Femme Fatale
Film Series
Fire
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Fury, The
Get To Know Your Rabbit
Greetings
Happy Valley
Heat
Hi, Mom!
Hitchcock
Home Movies
Inspired by De Palma
Iraq, etc.
Key Man, The
Lithgow
Magic Hour
Mission To Mars
Mission: Impossible
Montreal World Film Fest
Mr. Hughes
Murder a la Mod
Nancy Allen
Nazi Gold
Obsession
Oliver Stone
Paranormal Activity 2
Parker
Parties & Premieres
Passion
Paul Hirsch
Paul Schrader
Phantom Of The Paradise
Pino Donaggio
Prince Of The City
Print The Legend
Raggedy Ann
Raising Cain
Red Shoes, The
Redacted
Responsive Eye
Rie Rasmussen
Robert De Niro
Sakamoto
Scarface
Sean Penn
Sisters
Snake Eyes
Sound Mixer
Star Wars
Stepford Wives
Tabloid
Tarantino
Toronto Film Fest
Toyer
Treasure Sierra Madre
Tru Blu
TV Appearances
Untouchables
Vilmos Zsigmond
Wedding Party
William Finley
Wise Guys
Woton's Wake
Blog Tools
Edit your Blog
Build a Blog
RSS Feed
View Profile
You are not logged in. Log in
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
DE PALMA & GUEST AT CANNES PREMIERE MONDAY
FOR 'A CASTLE IN ITALY', PRODUCED BY SAID BEN SAID


The photo above was taken by Arnaud Brunet, and published at Metro France. It shows Brian De Palma and an unidentified female guest on the red carpet as they attend the premiere yesterday (Monday) of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's A Castle In Italy, which was produced by Said Ben Said, producer of De Palma's Passion. Earlier this year, Ben Said had mentioned that he and De Palma have a new, as-yet-untitled project in development: "This is a film about cinema that is not devoid of humor or cruelty," Ben Said told CineObs' Nicolas Schaller. "It happens on a shoot between a director, an actor and an actress. De Palma wrote it by drawing on things that have happened to him. It is a kind of film testament." With both of them currently at the Cannes Film Festival, it would seem likely that they would be talking that project up to potential financers and buyers.

Anyway, according to Blog Do Bonequinho's Rodrigo Fonseca, De Palma is at the fest to raise funds for Happy Valley, although he is working out his cinephilia by going to see films every chance he gets. A few days ago, Deadline's Pete Hammond reported that another of De Palma's old friends, Martin Scorsese, had also come to Cannes to raise funds for Silence, which he has been trying to get off the ground at one time or another for the past 23 years. According to Hammond, Scorsese said that by coming to Cannes to sell the film project, he was doing something he'd never done before in his entire career. This was undoubtedly said to get across the sense of passion Scorsese has for the project. But with Steven Spielberg heading the Cannes jury this year, it's sort of a partial "movie brats" reunion.

In addition to A Castle In Italy, De Palma has been spotted at screenings of the following movies since Friday:

May 18 - Sophie Torlotin spotted De Palma at a screening of Rebecca Zlotowski's Grand Central.

May 19 - Olivier Joyard took a picture of De Palma at a screening of Serge Bozon's Tip Top, which Hollywood Reporter critic Stephen Dalton describes as a mix of Godard and the Coen Brothers.

May 20 - Several people, including Alejandro G. Calvo and F-X Taboni, spotted De Palma at a screening of Johnnie To's Blind Detective. Taboni said De Palma left before the end.


Posted by Geoff at 1:46 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:42 PM CDT
Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink | Share This Post
Friday, May 17, 2013
'PASSION' & CANNES UPDATES
eONE CONFIRMS AUGUST RELEASE DATE FOR ‘PASSION’
Thanks to Lindsey for tweeting eOne to ask for clarification on the U.S. release date for Passion. They tweeted back that “Passion will be in August.” The distributor has already begun posting Passion teases on its TwitPic page, and have noted the August release date on its Facebook page, but with only generic dates so far (August 1 for VOD and August 31 for theatrical release, neither of which is likely to be the actual date for either).

Meanwhile, a BBC news report this morning has shades of De Palma’s Femme Fatale, which centers around a jewelry heist at the Cannes Film Festival. According to the BBC report, “More than $1m (£650,000; 777,000 euros) worth of jewels have been stolen from a hotel in Cannes, French police say. The jewels were to be loaned to celebrities who have arrived on the French Riviera for the famous annual film festival. They were stolen from a safe in the Novotel Hotel room of an employee of exclusive Swiss jewellers Chopard. Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the festival, which opened on Wednesday.” The theft in De Palma’s film is different, of course, with the jewels being stolen almost in plain sight off of the model’s body. The BBC report also notes a curious resemblance to Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring: “The theft happened on the same day that the festival was shown The Bling Ring, a new film by director Sofia Coppola about some high-school students who find out when celebrities are attending red carpet events in order to break into their homes and steal their designer clothes, bags, and shoes.”

On a final note, several tweets this morning mention that De Palma attended a Cannes screening of Katell Quillevere’s Suzanne.


Posted by Geoff at 9:56 AM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post
Thursday, May 16, 2013
DE PALMA @ CANNES, DAY TWO
“THIS IS STILL THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE FILMS OF THE GREATEST DIRECTORS IN THE WORLD”
Le Soir’s Cannes correspondent Fabienne Bradfer was shocked to find himself sitting next to Brian De Palma at Thursday’s competition screening of François Ozon’s Jeune et jolie, and asked him a few questions before the film started. It was a rainy evening, and Bradfer writes that De Palma was there “incognito, umbrella in his right hand, Yankee cap on his knees.” Eventually, De Palma smiled toward Bradfer, “removed his headphones and muttered that at times like these, he is not eligible for Cannes.”

Bradfer’s blog post continues:

”I nod, trying not to soak with my umbrella. I'm sitting next to one of the greatest American filmmakers. We chat a little, timidly at first. After exchanging a few words on his arrival the day before from the United States, the weather, his refusal to watch movies on an airplane and the irritation of getting up every two seconds to let other spectators pass, he said: ‘What is your name? Mine is Brian,’ and shook my hand. I smiled at him, saying that I know his name is Brian and mine is Fabienne. From there follows a friendly conversation about the ironic pleasure of going to see films at festivals. His average: 5 per day. He tells me: ‘This is still the place where you can see the films of the greatest directors in the world.’ Brian De Palma loves to haunt film festivals. I slip in the name of Hitchcock, his eyes light up. He dedicates his boundless admiration. With mischief in his eyes, he says: ‘And Kim Novak is coming ...’. He can’t find the words. Brian De Palma will be able to relive the great cinematic emotion of his youth: watching Vertigo in a restored version thanks to Cannes Classics."

According to a tweet from Francois Yon, De Palma also attended a screening of Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s Salvo. That film is part of Cannes "Critics Week," and one other tweet says that if you want to see De Palma on the Croisette, that is where you will most often find him.


Posted by Geoff at 11:12 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
'PASSION' SET PICS, & RELEASE DATE CURIOSITIES
WITH A BIG THANKS TO MARINA


The picture above from the museum set of Brian De Palma's Passion is one of several that have been posted at Dívány. A big thanks to Marina for finding this gallery!

Meanwhile, something curious is happening with the U.S. release of Passion. First we heard June, then July, and now some tweets and other news are suggesting the date has been moved to August. The tweet below (from Damon Houx, located in Los Angeles) would seem to suggest that Passion will now be released on August 16...

But then a curious thing happened yesterday. The Film Stage tweeted that Passion had been moved to "late August"...

However, the link in the tweet now takes you to an article that begins with the following: "Update: Release date news removed at the request of the distributor." The article then focuses solely on the Daft Punk/De Palma buzz (see post from earlier today), although they did leave in this question at the end of the article: "Are you disappointed that Passion will have to wait a little longer?" (Well, yes, of course.)

Here are two more pics from Dívány:


Posted by Geoff at 2:10 AM CDT
Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink | Share This Post
DAFT PUNK MET WITH DE PALMA RECENTLY
BUT SECRETIVE DUO ARE KEEPING MUM ON WHAT WAS DISCUSSED
About a year ago, Paul Williams revealed that he was then working on a top-secret project with Daft Punk. Now we have a new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, featuring several collaborators, including Paul Williams and Giorgio Moroder, which seems to be the top secret project Williams was talking about (the album officially releases May 21, but is currently streaming on iTunes).

Well, yesterday, quite a buzz was created from a small piece of news that appeared in a Pitchfork cover story on Daft Punk. The helmeted duo, made up of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, were interviewed by Ryan Dombal, who writes, "At one point during our interview, Bangalter let it slip that he and de Homem-Christo recently had a meeting with [Brian] De Palma to 'discuss some things,' though he declined to divulge any specifics."

Of course, this bit of news takes on a certain significance when combined with the knowledge that Daft Punk are huge fans of De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. Back in 2007, they told The Guardian's Alex Rayner that they saw De Palma's film together in the theater more than 20 times. They also noted that their own film, Electroma, and Phantom Of The Paradise both feature "a hero with a black leather outfit and a helmet."

The Playlist's Drew Taylor, Criterion Cast's Joshua Brunsting, and JoBlo's Niki Stephens all posted enthusuastic articles about the juicy tidbit, speculating whether they might be talking about a film project, a music video, or even having De Palma direct some sort of live show. "Maybe they discussed a love for llamas or something," wrote Stephens. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what, if anything, ever comes of it.

One of the songs Paul Williams collaborates on, "Touch", is the centerpiece of Random Access Memories. Regarding that track, here is the last part of Dombal's Pitchfork article:


----------------------------

But of all the moving parts that make up Random Access Memories, the most head-scratching section to put together was the album's eight-minute centerpiece, "Touch". The kaleidoscopic track stars 72-year-old Paul Williams, who wrote immense hits for the Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, and more in his 70s heyday, before descending into drug and alcohol abuse in the 80s, and then recovering in the 90s. Daft Punk were obsessed with Williams from an early age, largely due to his role in director Brian De Palma's schlocky 1974 pop opus Phantom of the Paradise, in which he plays a Faustian ghoul who trades his soul in order to become rock'n'roll's preeminent impresario. The movie is ridiculous, funny, entertaining, and endlessly referential-- just like Daft Punk...

...For inspiration, Bangalter gave Williams a book of stories about people who had died, came back to life, and remembered parts of past lives. And Williams' lyrics are about an awakening: "I remember touch," he croons, longingly. "As somebody who has been pronounced dead and came back, I could connect to this idea in the song," says Williams, who's now 23 years sober and the subject of the quietly triumphant recent documentary Still Alive. Meanwhile, the song warps and bends, floating through genres, epochs, and emotions with a sense of hallucinatory wonder, recalling nothing less than the Beatles' "A Day in the Life". "It's like the core of the record," says de Homem-Christo, "and the memories of the other tracks are revolving around it."

As Bangalter and de Homem-Christo talk about "Touch", there's still a sense of astonishment in their voices. "It was the most complicated thing we've ever done," says Bangalter. "And it became so exciting because it didn't feel like we took the easy route. With this record, we had the luxury to do things that so many people cannot do, but it doesn't mean that with luxury comes comfort." It's this high-stakes, high-wire mindset that keeps these guys in an enviable position within the collective imagination, no matter how long they take between magic tricks. Because if Daft Punk are still able to amaze themselves, there's still some hope for the rest of us.


Posted by Geoff at 1:27 AM CDT
Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink | Share This Post
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
VIDEO & PIC - DE PALMA ARRIVES AT NICE AIRPORT
ON HIS WAY TO CANNES FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL


The picture above was posted today at Nice Matin, along with the video below, showing Brian De Palma and others (including Sacha Baron Cohen and Sofia Coppola) arriving at the airport in Nice, stopping to sign autographs on their way to the Cannes Film Festival.


Posted by Geoff at 8:15 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:19 PM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post
TRAILER FOR ALFONSO CUARON'S 'GRAVITY'
IS REMINISCENT OF DE PALMA'S 'MISSION TO MARS'

Posted by Geoff at 8:01 PM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post
Monday, May 13, 2013
'DRESSED TO KILL' EXPANDED SOUNDTRACK TUESDAY
INTRADA RELEASE AVAILABLE "WHILE QUANTITIES & INTEREST REMAIN"
The rumors were true-- tonight, Intrada announced that its new release for Tuesday is an expanded, remastered edition of Pino Donaggio's soundtrack for Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill. This edition features many cues never before released in pure audio format. It sells for $19.99. Here is the description from the website:
------------------------------------

DRESSED TO KILL (EXPANDED)

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 246
Date: 1980
Tracks: 24
Time = 58:51

At last! Popular Pino Donaggio score for Brian De Palma horror thriller gets brand-newly remixed, remastered & expanded CD! Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen bring delicious psycho-killer tale to life with terrifying results. Donaggio matches mayhem with his most vivid, intense film score to date. Gorgeous main theme plays in direct contrast to suspense material. Deserving spotlight is rhythmic slashing motif, scored for orchestra with frightening trombone glissandi stealing the thunder. Though present on original 1980 two-track mixes, striking color was somehow diminished. Brand new 2013 mix from newly-discovered actual 2" 24-track session masters finally unleashes chilling trombone color at last. Session masters (long considered lost when repeated searches kept leading to partial outtake rolls only) also allow Intrada to premiere dramatic material associated with Peter (Keith Gordon) assembling, mounting his surveillance camera to scope out sinister activities. Many other cues make world premiere appearance, including further exploration of dynamic action material. Two tracks were vaulted in two-track stereo only, the remainder were vaulted in 24-track formats. Together these pristeen-condition masters allow rich, rewarding expansion of what is generally thought of as Donaggio's most terrifying work. Informative notes by Scott Bettencourt, dramatic art design by Joe Sikoryak complete exciting package! Natale Massara conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!


Posted by Geoff at 8:51 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 8:52 PM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post
SOUNDS LIKE DE PALMA IS GOING TO CANNES
WHERE HIS GOOD FRIEND SPIELBERG IS HEAD OF THE JURY, MAY 15-26



Posted by Geoff at 8:23 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 8:34 PM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post
SWAN ARCHIVES GETS BRIGHT LIGHTS TREATMENT
ROGER LEATHERWOOD EXAMINES WEBSITE'S COLLECTION OF 'PHANTOM' MATERIALS
At Bright Lights Film Journal, Roger Leatherwood has written a fascinating article about Ari Kahan's The Swan Archives, and its incredible collection of marketing and other materials related to Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise.

Leatherwood, author of the book Mondo Cine: The World of Film Exhibition and Archiving in Revolution, shows a particular interest in how Kahan has made his personal collection public, and how the internet has made it possible to digitally present these personally-owned artifacts to the world at large. In the process, notes Leatherwood, the site produces an historical record of a particular cultural time period. "Kahan revives leftover and obscure material," states Leatherwood, "and enables us to relive the time and context surrounding the film's release, recasting advertising messages and other devalued cultural memories as historical and archival evidence of its cultural positioning at the time of release and of how it was received." Read the full article at the link above-- it will make you want to delve into the archives again right after you're done.

Posted by Geoff at 12:08 AM CDT
Post Comment | Permalink | Share This Post

Newer|Latest|Older