AND SIGNS COPIES OF 'SNAKES' AFTERWARDS, WITH SUSAN LEHMAN
Christian Grevstad snapped this picture of Brian De Palma after getting his book signed last night at La Cinémathèque in Paris. De Palma and co-author Susan Lehman signed copies of Are Snakes Necessary? after De Palma presented a Masterclass tied in with a screening of his great 1989 film, Casualties Of War. Here is Christian's report from last night's event:
De Palma entered the podium after a screening of the harrowing Casualties of War. After only a few minutes Brian became very emotional. "It was a very difficult movie to make. I have a hard time watching it, it's very sad, Brian said tearing up. "I can't listen to that score."
It was one of several poignant moments. A few minutes later he told the audience that often times after a difficult time in your life, something positive will happen: "So don't give up."
Later he mentioned that he quit Fatal Attraction after deciding the short film made by the original writer of the project was perfect as it was. "Why remake it?" And it led to a very difficult lunch with his producer where De Palma told her: "I can't do this."
Two weeks later Art Linson called about The Untouchables.
In line with what Christian wrote above, La Cinémathèque itself posted an image juxtaposition on Twitter last night (see below), showing De Palma's mood shift when speaking of Casualties Of War. The text of the Cinémathèque post translates as: "A good hour with Brian De Palma, generous, scholarly, spiritual - then upset at the mention of Casualties Of War and the score of Ennio Morricone. To see the film, and all De Palma, it's at the Cinémathèque until 7/04 http://www.cinematheque.fr/cycle/brian-de-palma-455.html ... Photos (thank you) @cliffhangertwit"
Translation: "Just out of the Brian De Palma Masterclass at the @cinemathequefr! A very interesting character to listen to, with an immense experience in his career and his eclectic filmography, but also someone very authentic and spontaneous. It was almost too short!"