AT INSTITUT DE L'IMAGE - NATHAN RERA TO PRESENT 'CASUALTIES OF WAR' ON SEPT. 11
Nathan Réra, whose book about Casualties Of War (Outrages) was released earlier this year, will present a screening of that film at L'Institut de l'image on September 11, which is Brian De Palma's birthday. The screening will be part of a 13-film De Palma retrospective at L'Institut de l'image, which runs from September 4th through the 30th. Two more special presentations will happen on the opening day of the series: Guy Astic, director of editions Rouge Profond (which published Outrages), will presnt De Palma's Carrie, and Jean-Michel Durafour, author of the book Brian De Palma - Effusions: blood, perception, theory, will present De Palma's similarly-'70s Carlito's Way. Here's a Google-assisted translation of the description of the series:
Among the great American film-lovers of his generation (Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg…), Brian De Palma is the one whose relationship to image is the most complex. Working from pre-existing images to create his own, he himself has dissected the films of his masters, starting with Hitchcock of course, whose sequences, narratives and motifs (visual, sound, musical) come back tirelessly in his work, like obsessions that haunt him and give it all its depth and originality. Here, the image is more than a simple reference, and the filmmaker never ceases to reaffirm its cogency, its powers, its potentialities (aesthetic, political, moral). The image for De Palma is a source of pleasure, but also of horror. It is vital, but funeral. Luminous, or twilight. Obsession, Phantom of the Paradise, Blow Out, Casualties of War, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible ... films populated by ghosts and dead on borrowed time. The hero, in De Palma, is a tightrope walker ready to fall into the void at any moment, like the young Vietnamese girl from Casualties of War, whose tortured body could single-handedly embody the tragic dimension of her cinema. Casualties of War and the representation of the war at De Palma will be at the heart of this retrospective with a day hosted by Nathan Réra, on the occasion of the release at Rouge Profond of his book, "Outrages, from Daniel Lang to Brian De Palma".