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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
CRITERION POSTS NEW IMAGE OF NOAH & BRIAN
NEW INTERVIEW FOR THE 'DRESSED TO KILL' RELEASE!


This afternoon, Criterion posted the photo and caption above on its Facebook page. The listing for Criterion's upcoming Dressed To Kill release has also been updated since Monday's initial announcement to add the following: "New conversation between De Palma and filmmaker Noah Baumbach."

On Monday, I mentioned that I had e-mailed Criterion the day before with the idea of including De Palma's Home Movies as a bonus on the Dressed To Kill edition. If they are still adding features to the set, it sounds like perhaps that is still a possibility...

A comment on the Facebook post linked to above mentions that Baumbach's latest released feature, While We're Young, shows a De Palma influence, and I have to say I thought the same thing when I saw the film last month. [Mild spoiler, if you will] Baumbach's film includes a bit of conspiracy, and, like Blow Out (the previous Criterion edition for which Baumbach interviewed De Palma), a character who sees conspiracy "everywhere" has trouble convincing others of his perspective.


Posted by Geoff at 7:03 PM CDT
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Monday, May 18, 2015
CRITERION'S 'DRESSED TO KILL' SET FOR AUG 18
NEW INTERVIEWS W/NANCY ALLEN, LITTO, DONAGGIO, BODY DOUBLE VICTORIA LYNN JOHNSON, RALPH BODE PROFILE, MORE
Criterion announced its August slate of releases today, and included is Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill, which will be released in a one-disc Blu-ray set and a two-disc DVD set on August 18, 2015. Just yesterday, I thought how great it would be if this edition included De Palma's Home Movies as a bonus, since it features Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon together just prior to making Dressed To Kill (not to mention that Home Movies also includes Mary Davenport, who has a humorous cameo in Dressed To Kill, listening in on a conversation between Allen and Gordon in a restaurant). I sent Criterion an e-mail with the suggestion yesterday, but obviously forces were already in motion, and my suggestion was too late. (Who knows, maybe they had already thought of that idea, but just couldn't work it out.)

In any case, here is the description and specs from the Criterion page:

Brian De Palma ascended to the highest ranks of American suspense filmmaking with this virtuoso, explicit erotic thriller. At once tongue-in-cheek and scary as hell, Dressed to Kill revolves around the grisly murder of a woman in Manhattan, and what happens when her psychiatrist, her brainiac teenage son, and the prostitute who witnessed the crime try to piece together what happened while the killer remains at large. With its masterfully executed scenes of horror, voluptuous camera work, and passionate score, Dressed to Kill is a veritable symphony of terror, enhanced by vivid performances by Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, and Nancy Allen.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma’s preferred unrated version, approved by the director, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interviews with actor Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian
New profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted
The Making of “Dressed to Kill,” a 2001 documentary featuring De Palma
Interview with actor-director Keith Gordon from 2001
Video pieces from 2001 about the different versions of the film and the cuts made to avoid an X rating
Gallery of storyboards by De Palma
Trailer
PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Koresky

Cover based on original poster


Posted by Geoff at 6:54 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 18, 2015 6:56 PM CDT
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Thursday, May 7, 2015
CRITERION OFFICIALLY TEASES 'DRESSED TO KILL'
POSTS THIS PICTURE ON FACEBOOK, WITH THREE WORDS: "A little tease"

Posted by Geoff at 8:15 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:21 PM CDT
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
CRITERION SUITING UP 'DRESSED TO KILL'?
NANCY ALLEN'S THROWBACK TO LAST THURSDAY LETS THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG


Posted by Geoff at 1:45 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:42 AM CDT
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
MORE ON THAT PODCAST - 'DRESSED TO KILL'
CONFUSION REGARDING POLICE WOMAN, AND PETER'S SUPPOSEDLY "NONSENSICAL TECHNICAL MUMBO-JUMBO"
I just have a couple more notes regarding the Junk Food Dinner podcast I linked to the other day in a post about Sisters. The guys on the podcast also talked about Dressed To Kill, and as I mentioned the other day, sometimes the discussion is rather frustrating. For instance, one of them talks about the character Betty Luce, the female officer that Detective Marino has tailing Liz, and who, by outward appearances, looks just like Bobbi. One podcaster talks about how Betty Luce is, like Bobbi, transexual or transgender, but this is simply not the case. The podcast gets more frustrating as not one, but two more of the participants echo this mistaken perception of the character.

Another odd moment in the podcast comes when one of the participants, who is prepared enough to know that as a youth, Brian De Palma won a regional science fair prize for building a computer, complains that the Keith Gordon character in Dressed To Kill spouts "nonsensical technical mumbo-jumbo" regarding the machine that he's building in his bedroom. Well, let's take a look at what Peter actually says in the dialogue with his mother, Kate:

Peter: Mom, this is the most incredible thing that I’ve ever built. I mean this carries!

Kate: [Humoring him] It carries… Carries what?

Peter: Binary numbers. I mean, it can hold up to a twenty-digit figure.

Kate: Now, wait a second [humoring him]—you said it can carry, and it holds, too?

Peter: [Nodding] Both, it does both, that’s the whole point. I mean, there isn’t a circuit like this in any of my books. I’ve invented it!

Kate: [Sincerely proud] Well, that’s great. That’s great, Peter.

I'm not sure what there is to complain about there, but the podcaster said that because he knows about De Palma's science background, "I expect better from De Palma."

At the beginning of an article by New York Magazine's David Rosenthal (August 4 1980, pp. 25-27-- the photo above is from the article), De Palma says, "That character in Dressed To Kill is me. I mean, that's my room. That machine, I built that machine. It was a differential analyzer."


Posted by Geoff at 12:29 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12:31 AM CDT
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
VIDEO: PANKOW & GREENBERG FROM 2013
DISCUSSING 'DRESSED TO KILL', WITH CLIPS



While searching YouTube for video from Thursday night's conversation on stage between Bill Pankow and Stephanie Zacharek (see yesterday's post), I found the video above, from a Sight, Sound, and Story event presented by Manhattan Edit Workshop in 2013. This video is a small piece of that 2013 on-stage conversation. Two more short videos from the talk are up, as well: Bill Pankow discusses working with Jerry Greenberg, and Bill Pankow and Jerry Greenberg on "Kramer vs. Kramer" (Part 1).

Posted by Geoff at 6:58 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
NANCY ALLEN'S DTK HOOKER-WITH-A-HEART-OF-GOLD
MAKES VARIETY'S LIST, UPON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF JULIA ROBERTS' 'PRETTY WOMAN'
March 23rd is the 25th anniversary of the release of Garry Marshall's Pretty Woman. To mark the occasion, Variety's Matthew Chernov has posted a slide show called "12 Hookers with Hearts of Gold." On that list is Liz Blake, the Wall Street prostitute played by Nancy Allen in Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill.

Here's what Chernov says about the character:

"The second of three hookers that Nancy Allen played for then-husband Brian De Palma (the others were featured in Home Movies and Blow Out), Dressed to Kill finds the actress stalked by a razor-wielding psycho after witnessing a brutal murder. Combining bold sexuality, streetwise humor and an unexpected degree of maternal empathy for the victim’s son, Allen is sensational playing an independent woman who’s smarter, and braver, than anyone gives her credit for."

Posted by Geoff at 7:06 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, March 22, 2015 8:03 PM CDT
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Thursday, March 5, 2015
NY TIMES ON THE EROTIC POWER OF THE NY TAXI
NOW SANITIZED BY RIDE-HAILING APPS LIKE UBER & LYFT


The New York Times' Alex Williams wrote a style piece with the headline, "Taxi Flings Take a Back Seat to Uber." The article uses the image above from Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill to help illustrate "the strange erotic power of the New York taxi." Here's the opening few paragraphs of Williams' article, which appeared in today's print edition of the newspaper:
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It started innocently enough: Rachel Rabbit White, a journalist in her 20s who writes about sex, was hailing a taxi with her boyfriend at the time and a female friend after a Lower East Side party.

But “as soon as we got into the cab,” Ms. White said, “it became clear that this was going to be a threesome.” Within moments, the taxi ride turned into Plato’s Retreat on wheels, a montage of hair pulling, collar tugging and bodies writhing in darkness.

Far from being an impediment to passion, the unglamorous setting was an enabler. “It was as if being in the space of the cab decided it for us,” Ms. White said.

Ah, the strange erotic power of the New York taxi. On the surface, these utilitarian urban people movers that sometimes smell like old gym socks would seem about as sexy as a Yankee Stadium bathroom. But for countless reasons, some New Yorkers long considered the taxi back seat a pay-by-the-hour love shack.

But that illicit tradition is under threat of late, as ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft sanitize yet another dark corner of New York night life. Unlike traditional taxis, where anonymity is the rule (and the attraction), these services know exactly who has been naughty or nice in their back seats. Not only do drivers know a passenger’s name and mobile number, but they are also asked to review a passenger’s behavior.

These customer reviews, which function like a credit score that is based on conduct rather than financial standing, have put a damper on back-seat shenanigans. Indeed, acting out under those circumstances is a bit like streaking through Grand Central Terminal with a “Hello, My Name Is ______” tag plastered to your chest.

With some users feeling motivated to limit their back-seat behavior to job-interview politeness, the raunchy back-seat hookup — immortalized in films like “Dressed to Kill” and shows like “Taxicab Confessions” — suddenly looks like a vestige of a Lost New York, doomed to go the way of peep shows, streetwalkers and Al Goldstein’s “Midnight Blue.”

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Later in the article, Williams writes, "While 20-somethings might regard such four-wheeled misadventures as just another instant-gratification indulgence of the Tinder generation, cab hookups have a storied legacy in the city, a point made clear in countless movies. Perhaps the most famous taxi sex scene is in Dressed to Kill, the 1980 Brian De Palma thriller, in which Angie Dickinson’s character, a sexually frustrated middle-aged woman dressed in virginal white, unfurls herself across the queen-bed-size back seat of a Checker cab with a sideburned stranger she picked up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her shrieks of pleasure drowned out by blaring horns as they roll down Fifth Avenue. In the free-for-all ‘70s, it seems, back-seat sex occurred nightly, at least if Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro’s hollow-eyed hack driver character in Taxi Driver, from 1976, is to be believed."

Posted by Geoff at 11:54 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:56 PM CST
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
BOBBI ACTION FIGURE SELLS OUT - ONLY 10 MADE
RETROBAND PIECE WAS COMMISSIONED BY 'HANNIBAL' PRODUCER BRYAN FULLER
Aaron Moreno, aka Retroband, and Gabe Hernandez created an action figure of Bobbi, the killer from Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill. The 4" figure, which comes with a toy straight razor, was made available today, but quickly sold out. According to Broke Horror Fan's Alex DiVincenzo, "Only 10 exist, and they promptly sold out at $100 a pop."

The figure was apparently requested by the man behind NBC's Hannibal TV series, Bryan Fuller. Last night, Moreno posted a picture of the figure on the Retroband Instagram page, along with the message, "'Oh Doctor, I'm so unhappy. I'm a woman trapped inside a man's body and you're not helping me to get out.' Commission piece for our good pal @bryanfullergram! @worthyenemies and I had a blast working on this piece. Only a few will be available, if interested please visit Retroband.bigcartel.com."

At about the same time, Austin posted the pic on his Worthy Enemies Instagram page, with the message, "1980's Dressed To Kill. @retoband and myself worked on this thrasher earlier this month for the Creator of Pushing Up Daisies, Dead Like Me and the awesome Hannibal the series, #BryanFuller . It was a blast and if you would be interested in getting one, check out www.retroband.com. They are very very limited. Once their gone. POOF! Their gone!"

Back in May 2014, several people tweeted that the latest episode of Hannibal had reminded them of De Palma.

(Thanks to Phillip!)


Posted by Geoff at 6:43 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:58 PM CST
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Monday, September 1, 2014
'DRESSED TO KILL' IN MELBOURNE SEPT. 20
NANCY ALLEN & KEITH GORDON TO PROVIDE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTRO FOR CINEMANIACS SCREENING
Cinemaniacs, a film society in Melbourne, Australia, will present a screening of Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill September 20th at The Backlot Studios. Cinemaniacs screens cult films and fan favorites once a month, and its theme this year is "I Love New York: Celebrating Films of the Big Apple."

Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon will provide an exclusive video introduction for the screening, and Allen has also sent along several signed 8x10's for the society to include as part of its prize giveaways that night. More details and trivia can be found on the Cinemaniacs Facebook page.

(Thanks to Justine!)


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