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De Palma on Domino
"It was not recut.
I was not involved
in the ADR, the
musical recording
sessions, the final
mix or the color
timing of the
final print."

Listen to
Donaggio's full score
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in Snakes

De Palma/Lehman
next novel is Terry

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Catch And Kill,
"a horror movie
based on real things
that have happened
in the news"

Supercut video
of De Palma's films
edited by Carl Rodrigue

Washington Post
review of Keesey book

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Karoline Herfurth
Leila Rozario

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AV Club Review
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Saturday, August 17, 2019
A.S. HAMRAH ON 'DOMINO'
AND THE APPARENT SIMILARITIES BETWEEN CARICE VAN HOUTEN & NOOMI RAPACE
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A couple of weeks ago, A.S. Hamrah included a review of Brian De Palma's Domino in a post at n+1. In one paragraph, Hamrah states, "The director seems to have contempt for both his leads," and I really don't follow where that idea is coming from. It seems more likely the critic is projecting his own such contempt on these two actors when he notes that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau "has a second-choice feel," and that "Carice van Houten, who exists in Domino like she’s waiting for each take to end so she can go outside and smoke, resembles Noomi Rapace in De Palma’s earlier film Passion, but why? In the past, the resemblance would have been evidence of directorial obsession. Here, it’s probably a coincidence."

In fact, De Palma had originally wanted Carice van Houten for the role of Isabelle in Passion, but she was not available during the planned shooting schedule. Noomi Rapace then took on that role. Maybe Hamrah is on to something then by noting a similarity. In any case, here's an excerpt from Hamrah's review:

Even in its partly realized form, Domino’s every frame is better than anything in Game of Thrones. In its less-than-ninety-minute running time, Domino links together CIA surveillance, terrorism, drone warfare, ISIS execution videos, and international film festivals. It all has a last-stand feel, in which De Palma excoriates today’s regime of easy-to-make but disposable images, which people, now all spies, use to brutalize each other. Scene after scene features piles of red tomatoes, there for critics to throw at De Palma so they can be tabulated and scored by review aggregators.

Politics for De Palma is a bizarre excuse for exploitation. This is one of his films in which he spares no one. Everyone is a torturer and a victim at the same time in Domino—confused, compromised, in for punishment. With some irony, De Palma sets up a Libyan terrorist (Eriq Ebouaney) as the film’s conscience. The CIA (in the person of the satanic-blasé Guy Pearce) forces him to work as a double agent, and the film’s plot comes to depend on him. Yet by the end De Palma abandons this downhearted terrorist without any more hesitation than he gave a minor character whose face gets dunked in a fry cooker.

A final scene, which could be the last of De Palma’s career, switches back and forth between a Spanish bullring and a hotel rooftop. The locations are linked by the threat of a mass killing and a camera drone, which De Palma uses to collapse the great distance between mass events and personal ones, a last gasp of mise-en-scène in the age of martyrdom videos on YouTube.


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Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 2:43 AM CDT

Name: "Mustafa"

Regardless of the subject matter and how he handled it, still after watching the movie 4 times, it is a mess from movie making POV. 

I agree that there r scenes that r better than most thrillers these days, and show the master craft of the man, but the rest are so badly and prmitevly made that I could not forgive.

Carice looks like she is acting in a Naked Gun movie!

My take on it is that it is a good movie if De Palma's name was not on it, but with him behind the helm, not a good way to close the curtain on a legendary career.

By the way, in public and among fellow cinephiles, I deffend the movie, and losing my credibility as a movie buff with a good eye for beauty!

 

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:42 PM CDT

Name: "$$$"

My local dvd department store had 45 copies of Domino on disk and sold them all day one. They were flying off the shelves according to the Manager of the store.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:51 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

I agree to a certain degree with Mustafa that Brian De Palma is over-qualified for this type of script in making a rote thriller. Some scenes aren't fully fleshed out but the film festival sequence is what makes the film for me. The mise-en-scene of the genre is their in the cinematography. Salah Al Sadin comes off as a Dr Mabuse criminal mastermind from Fritz Langs MABUSE trilogy. DOMINO certainly doesn't have the seductive visual panache of De Palma's other films but on the same level wasn't a waste of time for me. The concerns of the film-maker are there in this movie.

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 12:38 PM CDT

Name: "jj"

I hope this isn't De Palma's last movie. 

But I agree with the critic's assessment of the actors, particularly Coster-Waldau (I almost forgot he was there at times). The worst bit of male lead casting in a De Palma movie since Craig Wasson. 

That said, given the highly compromised shoot, there's still much to admire. Only a master could pull off so many bravura sequences amidst such insane production chaos. 

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