DISCUSSES HIS ITALIAN ROOTS, FILMS, ETC. - FOLLOWED BY 'CASUALTIES OF WAR'
Italian TV channel Studio Universal will present a tribute to Brian De Palma to mark his 75th birthday on September 11, 2015, according to TV Numeriuno. The Cinechat, which has already been recorded (with De Palma sitting in the yellow chair seen here), will be followed by a showing of De Palma's Casualties Of War. The TV Numeriuno article/press release includes several quotes from De Palma, pulled from the Cinechat:
"My Italian origin is rather rooted in me... it's a kind of baggage that I always carry."
"When I returned to Italy I was in college. I arrived in Rome with two friends and I bought a Lambretta. I will never forget the tours I made by Vittorio Emanuele... then I took a car and drove from Venice all the way to Paris. During the trip I saw the beautiful cities of Siena, Perugia, Florence with a sensation of how much beauty there is in this country."
"My experiences and my feelings are part of my films and the Italian cinema affected me very much. I remember Rossellini, Anna Magnani, and also the way in which Antonioni visually conceptualized his ideas. I will never forget movies like L’Avventura or Red Desert."
"In my opinion the best American film about Italy is The Godfather, and not because we talk about mafia, but because it tells us that the family is an integral part of Italian culture."