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films in order to
try and set a new
trajectory and try to
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happens if I have no
resources?' Now, having
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people haven't seen
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Saturday, June 1, 2013
'PASSION' TALK
SUMMER PREVIEWS, MELBOURNE FEST, & A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON WITH 'LOVE CRIME'
Earlier this week, it was announced that Brian De Palma's Passion will be included in this year's Melbourne International Film Festival. A day or so later, the fest's web site posted its description of the film:
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Sex, sin, terror and torment, De Palma style.

With bountiful betrayal and abundant bitchiness, Passion is a classic Brian De Palma (Redacted, MIFF 2008) psychological thriller – complete with the requisite battling beauties. Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams play against type as corporate-climbing colleagues locked in a professional power struggle that soon takes a turn toward the personal.

Steeped in the filmmaker’s own back catalogue, and shaped by his trademark flourishes, the pulpy, neo-noir remaking of Alain Corneau’s final film, Love Crime, is as visually arresting as it is emotionally lurid. As obsessions spiral into a seductive symphony, the hallucinations and humiliations are amplified with every dramatic interaction between the fated femme fatales, accompanied by a bawdy sense of humour.

TWO SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEWS
On Thursday, Miami New Times posted a 2013 Summer Movie Guide written by Simon Abrams. While the article still has Passion listed incorrectly for June 7 (the film will not be released in theaters until August 30), Abrams loves the film, so it's always fun to read what he has to say about it:

"Brian De Palma returns with this visually delirious, Hitchcock-inspired pulp remake of 2010 French thriller Love Crime. Rachel McAdams and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace co-star as social-climbing ad women whose rivalry leads to a hilariously convoluted murder plot. The film is full of everything De Palma's fans and detractors have come to associate him with, building to a fantastic orchestra hall set piece, complete with split-screen photography. It's good, mean fun."

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Examiner's Jeffrey M. Anderson has put together a selected list of summer films that "may be the cream of the crop." He includes Passion (with the correct theatrical date of August 30), and makes it the third film mentioned in the article. "De Palma returns to the comfortable (or uncomfortable) territory that has made so many of his films classics and guilty pleasures," writes Anderson. "McAdams plays a conniving boss who steals an idea from her new protege (Rapace), leading to an ever-escalating battle of wills. The movie promises great obsession and voyeurism in De Palma’s high style."

FRENCH BLOGGER: 'PASSION' IN THREE WORDS: MUSIQUE - ZOOM - FEMMES
On May 23rd, Timekeeper at the blog Visionarium posted "Passion in three words: Musique - zoom - femmes." He continued, "And I wanted to stop there. Enough, it satisfies me, it sums up what I like most about Passion, but I could say exactly the same thing about Femme Fatale and almost the same thing about Body Double or Snake Eyes." Yesterday, Timekeeper posted a comparison between Love Crime and Passion, calling the former "Passion without passion." The post is illustrated with several stills comparing shots from each film. Timekeeper criticizes Love Crime for being a "French film" in the sense that it has very little camera movement, as though it was filmed in the manner of writing a novel. "As if the image does not count," writes Timekeeper. "As if story alone is sufficient to itself."


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'PASSION' TO PLAY MELBOURNE FILM FEST
INITIAL TITLES ANNOUNCED TODAY; FEST RUNS JULY 25 TO AUG 11
Brian De Palma's Passion has been confirmed for this year's Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), according to The Border Mail. The three-week festival runs from July 25 through August 11. Other titles confirmed so far include Park Chan-wook's Stoker, Sally Potter's Ginger And Rosa, and Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer. The complete program will be announced July 2nd.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013
'PHANTOM' TOPS ARROW LIST OF DE PALMA FILMS
TOP 10 CHOSEN IN POLL CONDUCTED AHEAD OF NEW 'BLOW OUT' BLU-RAY
Phantom Of The Paradise has topped a list of top 10 Brian De Palma films at Arrow Video's "Video Deck" blog. The eleven voters included Kim Newman, whose book Nightmare Movies analyzes De Palma's work in its "Auteurs" section. Here's the full list (visit the Arrow blog to read their blurbs for each film)--

1. Phantom Of The Paradise
2. [Tie] Blow Out
[Tie] Sisters
4. Carrie
5. [Tie] The Untouchables
[Tie] Body Double
7. [Tie] Scarface
[Tie] Dressed To Kill
9. [Tie] Carlito's Way
[Tie] Obsession

Arrow's Blow Out Blu-Ray is out tomorrow, and DVD Beaver's Gary Tooze has provided a very helpful comparison between it and the Criterion edition that came out two years ago. He says the picture is a little brighter on the Arrow edition, which definitely holds its own against Criterion's. However, as each one has its own bevy of wonderful extras, it seems more than worth it to own both.

Meanwhile, Tomas Lucien has posted an audiovisual remix of Carlito's meeting with Lalin from Carlito's Way that gets pretty crazy towards the end.


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Saturday, May 25, 2013
DE PALMA INCLUDED IN 'RENEGADES' FILM FEST
SERIES IN BRAZIL INCLUDES 'SNAKE EYES' & 'MISSION TO MARS'
Brazil's Clovis Salgado Foundation (FCS) is currently hosting a film festival called "Renegades" at the Cine Humberto Mauro. The fest, which began yesterday and continues through May 30th, features films that were poorly received in their time, but that "have achieved a new position in the reflective and critical overview of cinema, after receiving a range of reinterpretations," according to the official description. Included in the series are two Brian De Palma films: Snake Eyes and Mission To Mars. According to Diverta-Se, FCS cinema manager Rafael Ciccarini argues that the series provides "an opportunity to promote new readings of these films, an attempt to get out of the commonplace regarding such works, provoking the public." The other films included are Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, Abel Ferrara's Dangerous Game, Michael Cimino's Desperate Hours, M. Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water, and Clint Eastwood's True Crime.

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BILL PANKOW INTERVIEWED BY MOVIE GEEKS
EDITOR DISCUSSES METHODS OF WORKING WITH DE PALMA & OTHERS
Bill Pankow was interviewed for the latest episode of Movie Geeks United. Pankow talks about the process of editing when working on a film with De Palma, saying that De Palma lets the editors work on their own, then comes back when the assembly is done to sit and watch with them, review, discuss, and then let them work on their own again, etc. Pankow said he found this to be a very productive process. He said if scenes were storyboarded (as they usually were with De Palma), he liked to edit without looking at the storyboards, and then check afterward to see how close he got to them. After a while, he got very good at matching up with the storyboards without using them. This is a very interesting discussion conducted by Jamey DuVall, with Bobbie O'Steen, author of The Invisible Cut. Pankow and Jerry Greenberg, who is discussed in the interview, as well, will take part in a panel with O'Steen as part of an event called "Inside The Cutting Room," at the French Institute in New York City on June 8.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
CANNES UPDATE - ONE WEEK IN
DE PALMA SAW 'THE BASTARDS' YESTERDAY, 'MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT' TODAY
Le Monde blogger Isabelle Regnier posted this photo of Brian De Palma after a Cannes screening of Claire Denis' The Bastards yesterday. And it looks like today, De Palma attended a screening of Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, to judge by the tweets of Edouard Austin.

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