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De Palma on Domino
"It was not recut.
I was not involved
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timing of the
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in the news"

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Washington Post
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AV Club Review
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
TWEETS FROM NEW YORK TONIGHT




Posted by Geoff at 10:59 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:04 PM CDT
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EDGAR WRIGHT & GUILLERMO DEL TORO
TWEET THEIR LISTS OF FAVORITE DE PALMA FILMS

Posted by Geoff at 10:16 PM CDT
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RICHARD BRODY ON 'SISTERS' - NEW YORKER
This is a couple of weeks late, but Richard Brody previewed this month's Brian De Palma retrospective at the Metrograph by writing about Sisters for The New Yorker. "De Palma weaves his own obsession with movies into the dramatic fabric of Sisters," states Brody, "by means of a scene involving a documentary about the twins that Grace views in the offices of Life magazine; this film-within-a-film becomes embedded in her unconscious mind and threatens to warp her consciousness as well. Though De Palma’s own images can’t rival Hitchcock’s in shot-by-shot psychological power, the intricate multiple-perspective split-screen sequences of Sisters offer a dense and elaborate counterpoint that conjures a sense of psychological dislocation and information overload belonging to De Palma’s own generation and times. De Palma’s cinephilic devotion, to the works of Hitchcock and others (such as Stanley Kubrick and Michelangelo Antonioni), is conflicted and cautionary—he sees movies as a source of hidden truths that risk becoming traps and delusions."

Brody wrote another piece on De Palma for The New Yorker last week that I'll link to in a round-up later today.

Posted by Geoff at 1:09 AM 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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DE PALMA IN PERSON WED AT METROGRAPH
Q&A FOLLOWING 'HI, MOM!', WILL INTRODUCE 'DRESSED TO KILL'
After Brian De Palma gets off stage Wednesday night at the Film Society Lincoln Center (where he'll be appearing with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow at 7pm), he'll head over to The Metrograph to attend a Q&A following the 7:15 screening of Hi, Mom!. After that, he'll stick around to introduce the 9:45 screening of Dressed To Kill. Hump day fever in the Big Apple.

Posted by Geoff at 12:34 AM CDT
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DE PALMA, BAUMBACH, PALTROW - FREE TALK IN NY
7PM WEDNESDAY AT FILM SOCIETY LINCOLN CENTER

Posted by Geoff at 12:13 AM CDT
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Monday, June 6, 2016
FILM COMMENT PODCAST ON DE PALMA
BAUMBACH & PALTROW INTERVIEWED, FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION OF DE PALMA'S FILMS
Film Comment posted a podcast this past Friday in which digital editor Violet Lucca interviews Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow about their new documentary, De Palma. That interview takes up the first 15 minutes of the podcast, after which Lucca sits down with Michael Koresky and Ashley Clark to discuss De Palma's work for about 50 minutes.

One of the highlights of the interview is when Baumbach and Paltrow talk about how the most moving part of their film about De Palma is the way he talks about taking up and continuing to develop the cinematic language that Alfred Hitchcock laid out before him. The other discussion afterward includes a nice description of De Palma's work as a deconstruction of film. Some of the highlights include an appraisal of Femme Fatale, Koresky talking about seeing Dressed To Kill when he was ten years old, De Palma as a political filmmaker (discussing Hi, Mom! and Sisters), and the energizing experience of watching De Palma.

Posted by Geoff at 11:45 PM CDT
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Sunday, June 5, 2016
2 MORE DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVES IN JUNE
IN BOSTON & SEATTLE; PREVIOUSLY NY, L.A., TORONTO, CHICAGO
Two more retrospectives, centered around the release of De Palma, have been announced for June. Independent Film Festival Boston will have a four-day series called "The World Is Yours: Brian De Palma On Film," June 13-16. The series will consist of a 70mm screening of The Untouchables (June 13), 35mm screenings of Scarface (June 14) and The Bonfire Of The Vanities (June 15), and will conclude with the documentary De Palma, projected from DCP.

In Seattle, De Palma will open June 24 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. In conjunction, SIFF will present a three day series, Obsessions: Classic De Palma, featuring seven films over three days (June 24-26). The films are Carrie, Blow Out, Phantom Of The Paradise, Obsession, Body Double, Carlito's Way, and Scarface.

Posted by Geoff at 9:11 PM CDT
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'THE UNTOUCHABLES' IN 70MM
AT MUSIC BOX IN CHICAGO JUNE 22, AT SOMMERVILLE IN BOSTON JUNE 13


In case you missed this before, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables will screen in 70mm at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago on Wednesday, June 22nd, at 7:30pm. The Music Box had built a 40-foot screen in anticipation of the 70mm release of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight this past December, and have subsequently been screening a series of films in that format. The screening is also part of the Music Box's De Palma retrospective, which runs that entire week (June 17-23).

A 70mm print of The Untouchables will also screen at the Somerville Theatre in Boston on Monday, June 13th (7:30pm). This will kick off a four-day series called "The World Is Yours: Brian De Palma on Film," which is presented by the Independent Film Festival Boston in partnership with A24, and ends with a free screening of the De Palma documentary.


Posted by Geoff at 8:42 PM CDT
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Saturday, June 4, 2016
ANOTHER DE PALMA INTERVIEW - BUSINESS INSIDER
COMMUNITY OF DIRECTORS, 'WISE GUYS', SEEING A JOHN WAYNE WESTERN w/HIS FATHER, ETC.


Yesterday, Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio posted an interview with Brian De Palma. At one point, Guerrasio asks De Palma whether there was ever a competitiveness with the other directors he was friends with. "People have always asked that," replies De Palma, "but even with our group in the '70s, as successful as those directors were, there was never a competitiveness. It's kind of odd. We were young directors trying to get into the Hollywood system on some level and we all basically met at Warner Bros., and all had disastrous experiences, which I guess bound us together for life. We used to hang out together in Hollywood. We were young men. Going out to dinner together. I miss that. I remember going to the premiere of Goodfellas, so that was the '90s, and by then we were beginning to disperse. We were going into different areas and weren't that close anymore, in the sense of calling each other up and saying, 'Let's go have dinner.' I missed that and that's when I went and assembled this next group."

When asked if Francis Ford Coppola ever wanted De Palma to get involved with Zoetrope, De Palma replies, "Marty and I went and saw Zoetrope. I remember seeing the flatbed editing machines. Marty and I went because Marcia Lucas was editing Marty's movie. She edited Taxi Driver. So we went up and stayed with George. But what Francis was doing wasn't for me."

Late in the interview, De Palma explains why he wished he hadn't gone forward with Wise Guys: "The studio changed their minds and didn't want to make it. They just wanted us to go away. I should have just taken my money and walked instead of dealing with a studio that didn’t want to make the movie."

And then the interview ends with this excerpt:

BI: Legend has it you were very hard on George the first time he showed you guys "Star Wars."

De Palma: That is not correct. [Laughs] I am sarcastic. I am considered the class clown, but a sarcastic clown. So I would make fun of certain things. Because everyone would take this stuff too seriously.

BI: So you were just messing with him about not liking the opening crawl?

De Palma: No, the crawl didn't make any sense at all. And I kept kidding him about the Force. I was like, "What is the Force?" [Laughs] But you have to understand, we used to look at each other's movies in order to be helpful. We might say some things that weren’t nice. You know, I remember reading an account where Marcia [Lucas] was very upset with me. And I don't remember this, but there was an account where Marcia told me, "You've hurt George's feelings and you should be gentle with him." I don't remember that. I really don't know what they're talking about. I was basically myself. The thing the guys could always count on with me is I would say what I thought. I wasn't holding back. I remember having a big discussion with Steven about “Close Encounters.” There were some sections I thought didn't work. And this was considered a crowning success of his career. And I was like, "I don't know, this doesn't really work for me." [Laughs]

BI: Do you remember a part that didn't work for you?

De Palma: I don't remember. But I remember going to a screening up on 55th street and afterward going to him and saying, "I don't know, Steven." But I think we have to do that, and I do it with Noah and Jake and these directors. If they are going to show me something or I'm going to show something to them, I want them to say what they think and not what will make me feel better.


Elsewhere, De Palma explains why he was curiously absent from two specific events that invloved his fellow "movie brat" friends, including presenting Martin Scorsese his first Oscar: "I was always the anti-establishment member of the group. I've never been nominated for an Oscar. I've never worked within the Hollywood establishment on any level. I made a lot of people very mad."

And in this final excerpt, De Palma talks about seeing a movie with his father, which leads into a question about Home Movies:

BI: One thing that grabbed me in the documentary was your openness about your relationship with your father. [Who was never around during De Palma's youth and, the director says, cheated on his mother with other women.] Do you think the stories you tell are based on your feelings toward him?

De Palma: Well, we're all a product of our upbringing to some extent. But my older brother was very influential too because he sort of represents that egomaniac that appears in many of my movies. My father was basically a very hardworking orthopedic surgeon, very much involved in his work. Whatever happened between he and my mother by the time I was born, they were at odds with each other and just hung in there until I went to college, basically. So it's interesting, the times I spent with my father I can count on one hand. I remember going to see a John Wayne Western with him.

BI: Which one?

De Palma: “The Horse Soldiers.” That's about it.

BI: But in “Home Movies,” the character Denis peeps on his father, which you say is based on you confronting your father with a knife and accusing him of adultery. Did doing that scene close a chapter in your relationship with him?

De Palma: I actually approached it as a comedy. A bizarre comedy. It all happened, but by the time I made the movie I saw the absurd aspects to it.


Posted by Geoff at 3:37 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, June 4, 2016 3:39 PM CDT
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