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Monday, July 18, 2016
6 OR 7 DE PALMA FILMS IN MONTREAL JULY 15-28
(GIVE OR TAKE A SCARFACE, PLUS THE 'DE PALMA' DOC)


Scarface must be a late addition to the "Brian De Palma x 6" celebration now happening at Montréal's Cinéma du Parc, which appears to include seven De Palma films. The series, which began Friday, continues through July 28th, and is being held in conjunction with regular screenings of the documentary, De Palma. The six films included in the "De Palma x 6" are Blow Out, Carrie, Dressed To Kill, Phantom Of The Paradise, Obsession, and Carlito's Way.

Posted by Geoff at 7:04 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
DE PALMA WEEK AT PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
JUNE 13 - 16, 'CARRIE', 'SCARFACE', 'DRESSED TO KILL', 'DE PALMA'


Add Phoenix to the list of cities hosting De Palma retrospectives of some sort in June (New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Seattle). The Phoenix Film Festival will present De Palma week next week, running June 13-16. For the third De Palma film in the series, the festival let the public vote between Dressed To Kill and Carlito's Way. The former won the vote, and will screen on Wednesday, June 15. The other two De Palma films are Carrie (June 13) and Scarface (June 14). Then, on Thursday June 16, the fest will screen the documentary De Palma, but the only way to get tickets is to win them (tickets for each of the other films are available to purchase). Go to Phoenix Film Festival for more details. Also, each film (even the free one) will be followed by a discussion.

Posted by Geoff at 9:59 PM CDT
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Friday, March 11, 2016
'CARRIE' & 'PHANTOM' AT MUSEUM OF MOVING IMAGE
PART OF SERIES "SEE IT BIG! JACK FISK" March 11 - April 1
The Museum Of The Moving Image begins a film series tonight titled, "See It Big! Jack Fisk." Fisk-designed sets will be all over the big screen in films such as Brian De Palma's Carrie, which screens Saturday March 12 at 4:30pm, sandwiched in between Fisk collaborations with Terrence Malick (To The Wonder) and David Lynch (Mulholland Drive). De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will screen at 7pm on Sunday, March 20, and then the following Saturday, March 26, features a film that Fisk also directed, Raggedy Man, starring his wife Sissy Spacek, at 4:30pm, followed by a can't-miss-if-you're-in-the-area double-feature that evening made up of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz' Messiah Of Evil and William Witney's Darktown Strutters. Of Messiah Of Evil, the Museum Of The Moving Image description reads, "One of the great unsung horror movies of the 1970s, this trancelike, visually stunning creep-out stars Medium Cool’s Marianna Hill as a young woman searching for her missing father, getting deeper and deeper into the world of the occult. According to cult film expert Tim Lucas, Messiah of Evil features 'some of the most elegant cinematography and uncannily unnerving art direction ever afforded an American horror film.'” Of Darktown Strutters, the description reads, in part, "Gaudy, gritty, and fantastical, Darktown Strutters was one of the most eccentric productions designed by Jack Fisk during the wild first decade of his career." Film Comment's Margaret Barton-Fumo calls Darktown Strutters "a cartoonish film that proudly abandons any semblance of reality."

Posted by Geoff at 3:11 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 12, 2016 2:45 PM CST
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVE IN MADRID, MAY-JUNE
CINE DORE SERIES INCLUDES SEVERAL DE PALMA THRILLERS, PLUS 2 FROM HITCHCOCK


Brian De Palma will be the focus of a film series at Cine Doré in Madrid, Spain, beginning tonight (May 13) with a screening of a 35mm print of Hi, Mom!, followed by De Palma's Sisters, projected from DCP. The series features several De Palma films, as well as two Alfred Hitchcock works that heavily inspired De Palma: Psycho and Vertigo. Other De Palma films include Phantom Of The Paradise (35mm), Obsession (35mm), Dressed To Kill (DCP), Carrie (DCP), The Fury (Blu-ray), Blow Out (DCP), Scarface (DCP), Body Double (DCP), The Untouchables (35mm), Casualties Of War (35mm), Bonfire Of The Vanities, and more. Click here to read the full May schedule. According to MCU.es, the series will continue on in June, and all told will screen 21 feature films as part(s) of the series.

Posted by Geoff at 12:05 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:08 AM CDT
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Sunday, February 1, 2015
DE PALMA SELECTROSPECTIVE IN LONDON
FIVE FILMS, ONE EVERY MONDAY IN MARCH, AT PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA


The Prince Charles Cinema in London will feature a Brian De Palma Selectrospective, with a De Palma film screening every Monday in March. The series kicks off March 2nd with Carrie, then Scarface (March 9), Dressed To Kill (March 16), The Untouchables (March 23), and Blow Out (March 30).

Posted by Geoff at 11:03 PM CST
Updated: Monday, February 2, 2015 12:08 AM CST
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVE BEGINS TODAY IN BRAZIL
FREE ADMISSION, 15 FILMS, CRITICS' DISCUSSIONS, & 2-DAY COURSE ON CINEMA OF DE PALMA
Beginning today, the Caixa Cultural Curitiba in Brazil presents a 15-film Brian De Palma retrospective, which runs until May 25th, with free admission. The full program can be read online at issuu.com. The program consists of three films per day, with a focus on De Palma's mostly lesser-known films, although Carrie is included, as well. Today the series opens with Bonfire Of The Vanities, Snake Eyes, and Redacted. Each day's final film will be followed by an audience discussion led by a guest critic. The line-up of critics: Ruy Gardnier, Nikola Matevski, Victor Guimarães, Francis Vogner dos Reis and Marcelo Miranda. In addition, there will be a two-day course on May 24-25, titled "The Cinema of Brian De Palma - Belief in the Suspect Image," conducted by critic Paulo Santos Lima.

The retrospective's curator, critic and filmmaker João Toledo, is quoted at Suplemento Cultural: "Brian De Palma flirts with a grandiose and operatic form of cinema, but also with the vulgarity of its falsity, with the levity of its dreams - and his images collide in this middle ground between the tacky , the caricature, the grotesque and the magical, the sublime, the beautiful."

(Thanks to Renato!)


Posted by Geoff at 1:19 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:20 AM CDT
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
MASTER'S WEEKEND IN ICELAND
THREE DE PALMA FILMS: 'DRESSED TO KILL', 'SCARFACE', 'BLOW OUT'
Bíó Paradís in Reykjavik, Iceland, will screen a "Master's Weekend" trio of Brian De Palma films this weekend, all from the early 1980s: Dressed To Kill on Friday (January 31st), Scarface on Saturday (Feb. 1st), and Blow Out on Sunday (Feb. 2nd). The series has been programmed by Svartir Sunnudagar. We really like the artwork (at left) they put together to promote it.
(Thanks to Arni!)

Posted by Geoff at 11:11 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:15 PM CST
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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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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
DE PALMA INAUGURAL SUBJECT OF NEW FILM SERIES
"THE WORKS" MIDNIGHT SERIES AT BROOKLYN'S NITEHAWK BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, New York, begins a new midnight series this weekend called "The Works," which "pays special attention and homage to the people and concepts who inspire a closer look," according to the Nitehawk website. "As Nitehawk’s extended series, The Works highlights a director, actor, composer, genre, or influencer on select midnight screenings over a three-month period."

The series will launch with Brian De Palma as the initial subject, beginning with midnight screenings of Dressed To Kill this Friday and Saturday (January 11 and 12). Five more De Palma films will continue the series over the next couple of months: Femme Fatale (February 1 & 2), Blow Out (February 8 & 9), Obsession (February 15 & 16), Raising Cain (March 1 & 2), and Body Double (March 15 & 16).

Nitehawk is an 18-and-older cinema that serves food and beverages, including specialty dishes and drinks inspired by the films being featured. "The Cinema also presents thirty-minute 'Pre-shows' tailored to each movie that feature local filmmakers and clips curated by our cinema department," according to the Nitehawk website.


Posted by Geoff at 10:33 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:34 PM CST
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Friday, November 9, 2012
'CARRIE' WITH BILL KROHN DISCUSSION TODAY
AS LISBON & ESTORIL FILM FEST OPENS; 'PASSION' TO SCREEN NOV. 16
When I first posted about the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, I stated that it would feature a complete Brian De Palma retrospective, up to and including his new film, Passion. Well, as it turns out, the retrospective features a select 16 films from De Palma's filmography, which is not bad for a ten day festival (LEFF runs November 9-18). The festival opens today, and while The Master and Beasts Of The Southern Wild are the official opening night films, earlier in the day, at 12:30pm, De Palma's Carrie will kick off the retrospective. Following the screening, internationally respected critic Bill Krohn will be on hand for a Q&A discussion of the film. In fact, Krohn will be on hand to discuss De Palma's Passion when it screens out of competition at the fest next Friday, November 16. And in between, on Sunday, November 11, Krohn will be the featured guest at screenings of De Palma's The Responsive Eye and Dionysus In '69.

A couple of side notes: In 2007, Krohn placed De Palma's Redacted at number 10 on his list of top 10 films of that year; the closing night film of this year's LEFF will be Cloud Atlas.

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