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Domino is
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straight-forward"
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us to reexamine our
relationship to images
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not only ethically
but metaphysically"
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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
for Domino online

De Palma/Lehman
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De Palma/Lehman
next novel is Terry

De Palma developing
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"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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AV Club Review
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Saturday, June 15, 2019
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - DOMINO @ METROGRAPH 6/17
"ONE NIGHT ONLY" ENCORE SCREENING 7PM MONDAY IN NEW YORK CITY
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Posted by Geoff at 10:11 AM CDT
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Thursday, June 13, 2019
VARESE SARABANDE TO RELEASE DOMINO SOUNDTRACK
DIGITAL ALBUM OUT TOMORROW (JUNE 14) - WILL CD FOLLOW?
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/dominosoundtrack.jpgAccording to a news post today at Film Music Reporter:
Varese Sarabande will release a soundtrack album for Brian De Palma’s action thriller Domino. The album features the film’s original music composed by Pino Donaggio (Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Body Double, Blow Out, The Howling). The soundtrack will be released digitally tomorrow, June 14.

Whether there will be a CD version of the album sometime in the future, the article doesn't say, although with Varese Sarabande having a Donaggio score under its umbrella, a CD release seems likely at some point. The Film Music Reporter article includes the track list for the soundtrack album:

The Domino Effect (6:01)
2. The Roof / Dizziness (4:27)
3. Dangerous Distractions (1:35)
4. Racing To The Unknown (3:24)
5. Unexpected Beginnings (1:02)
6. The Apartment (3:26)
7. Haunting Guilt (1:35)
8. Working The Plan (1:48)
9. Gathering Clues (1:59)
10. Useless Suicide (2:28)
11. Deadly Interrogation (2:56)
12. Fatal Traces (1:25)
13. The Indoctrination (2:19)
14. Death Of A Dream (2:11)
15. Carnage Festival (2:00)
16. The Decoy (4:36)
17. The Final Clash (4:57)

Meanwhile, you can still listen to Donaggio's entire Domino soundtrack at Music.Film.


Posted by Geoff at 9:41 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
'PHANTOM' CELEBRATES 45TH AT FANTASIA FEST JULY 13
PRESSMAN TO RECEIEVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, w/PAUL WILLIAMS JOINING ONSTAGE
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/phantomfantasia.jpgA couple of weeks ago, Fantasia International Film Festival announced that Edward R. Pressman "will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, July 13, at a 45th Anniversary screening of the recently restored De Palma classic Phantom Of The Paradise. To make our anniversary screening even more spectacular, Swan himself, the legendary Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter-actor Paul Williams – who was Oscar-nominated for Phantom - will be joining Mr. Pressman onstage at the event."

*Note that the restored version of Phantom screening at Fantasia will be the same DCP version that has been in circulation for the past several years-- as always, thank you to the Swan Archives for keeping us informed.

Also at this year's edition of Fantasia Fest, which takes place in Montreal, will be the world premiere of Phantom Of Winnipeg. While specific screening dates for this doc have not yet been revealed, the Swan Archives expects it to screen July 12, "and perhaps again on July 14." Here's the Fantasia description:

Just about everyone adores Brian De Palma’s 1974 glam rock comedy horror musical classic PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. That wasn’t always so. Upon release, the film landed with a thud and quickly disappeared from screens everywhere – except for in the small and frigid Canadian city of Winnipeg, where local kids (shockingly between the ages of 9-13) turned the film into an enduring phenomenon with local box office grosses larger than JAWS! PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG (World Premiere) tells the story of the unique outsider fan community that sprung up around the film. It’s an exploration of the very DNA of fan culture itself told via the true-life stories of those fateful Winnipeg kids who just got it and the cast and creative team behind the original film who saw it all go down first-hand. Filmmakers Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley have spent years making this affectionate and wonderful doc, and Fantasia’s proud-as-Phoenix to be showcasing its long-coming World Premiere.

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:24 AM CDT
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Monday, June 10, 2019
SKAVLAN ON 'DOMINO' & WORKING WITH DE PALMA
"I WANTED TO WRITE A THRILLER ABOUT HOW APPARENTLY UNRELATED INCIDENTS WERE INTERCONNECTED"
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The Italian website Inside The Show posted an article today about Domino, which includes an interview with screenwriter Petter Skavlan, as well as the image included here above: a still photograph taken on set by Rolf Konow. A crop of this photo was used on the poster for Domino. Here's a Google-assisted translation of the interview with Skavlan:
How did the idea of ​​"Domino" come about?

I wanted to write a thriller about how apparently unrelated incidents were interconnected, through a sort of domino effect. For example, a murder in Copenhagen may be linked to a terrorist attack in a small Spanish town. I also wanted to examine the primordial concepts of revenge and guilt. Before Brian got on board, the script was a darker and more intricate story. Some of my dominoes have been removed, creating a simpler and more linear plot that best suited his vision of the film.

What research did you do for this story?

In today's society, just follow the news on the news to find a story like this. Terrorist attacks are not only documented by news agencies, but also by terrorists themselves, so news and propaganda often intersect. Dozens of books on European terrorism have been written - and I've read several. I also spoke to specialists in international terrorism, such as Thomas Hegghammer, who gave me invaluable advice.

Are there details in the script that reflect your Scandinavian background?

As a Norwegian, it was natural for me to use Scandinavia as setting for some parts of the film. Copenhagen is the most international and photogenic city among Scandinavian cities - and since Nikolaj lives in the city, it was a breeze to set the story there. Working with Danish producer Michael Schønnemann was another reason for Copenhagen to play an important role in the story.

What are the dangers of writing about terrorism?

Writing about terrorism, partly from the point of view of terrorists, is a potential minefield. Terrorists, as instigators of violence, are the antagonists by nature. But in Domino the protagonists are imperfect and therefore the boundaries between good and evil, right and wrong, are not outlined.

What was it like working with Brian De Palma?

Working with a legendary director like Brian De Palma was an incredibly interesting privilege. Although I felt the need to adapt my existing script to his vision of the film, he always made sure that the heart and soul of the story remained intact. He is very sharp and analytical, and a true gentleman in the creative process.


Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:58 AM CDT
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Sunday, June 9, 2019
PAULINE KAEL TRIBUTE AT BFI INCLUDES 'BLOW OUT'
CELEBRATING CENTENARY OF KAEL'S BIRTH THROUGHOUT MONTH OF JUNE
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blowoutbeforeudie.jpgWe noted last week that the Quad Cinema in New York is running a Pauline Kael series through the month of June that includes Brian De Palma's The Fury (critic Charles Taylor will introduce that film's June 18 screening). Over in the U.K., the BFI is doing its own Pauline Kael series throughout June, featuring "works she championed by directors she admired." The series includes De Palma's Blow Out, which will screen June 13, 17, and 22. Also on the 17th, there will be a talk, "Film Criticism According to Pauline Kael," which will look at "the impact her reviews and opinions have on American film culture and the next generation of film writers."

Meanwhile, for whatever reason, The Independent newspaper out of the U.K. posted an article yesterday headlined, "42 films to see before you die, from The Apartment to Paris, Texas." Not sure why they chose 42, exactly, but the article was written by Helen O'Hara and Patrick Smith, who chose the films on the list. Including Blow Out on the list, Smith writes, "John Travolta’s Z-movie sound man, out recording one night, accidentally tapes what turns out to be a political assassination. Brian De Palma hit peak ingenuity and gut-punch profundity with this stunning conspiracy thriller, mounted with a showman’s élan but also harrowing emotional voltage from its star. It’s one of the most delirious thrillers of the 1980s, with a bitterly ironic pay-off that’s played for keeps."

Back in 1981, Kael herself wrote in of the freshly-released Blow Out in The New Yorker:

If you know De Palma’s movies, you have seen earlier sketches of many of the characters and scenes here, but they served more limited—often satirical—purposes. Blow Out isn’t a comedy or a film of the macabre; it involves the assassination of the most popular candidate for the presidency, so it might be called a political thriller, but it isn’t really a genre film. For the first time, De Palma goes inside his central character—Travolta as Jack, a sound effects specialist. And he stays inside. He has become so proficient in the techniques of suspense that he can use what he knows more expressively. You don’t see set pieces in Blow Out—it flows, and everything that happens seems to go right to your head. It’s hallucinatory, and it has a dreamlike clarity and inevitability, but you’ll never make the mistake of thinking that it’s only a dream. Compared with Blow Out, even the good pictures that have opened this year look dowdy. I think De Palma has sprung to the place that Altman achieved with films such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Nashville and that Coppola reached with the two Godfather movies—that is, to the place where genre is transcended and what we’re moved by is an artist’s vision. And Travolta, who appeared to have lost his way after Saturday Night Fever, makes his own leap—right back to the top, where he belongs. Playing an adult (his first), and an intelligent one, he has a vibrating physical sensitivity like that of the very young Brando.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
'DOMINO' MONDAY NIGHT AT METROGRAPH IN NY
JUNE 10 AT 9:30 PM
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The Metrograph in New York will screen Domino for "one night only" this Monday, June 10, at 9:30pm. The description at the theater's website reads:
Beginning with a rooftop chase that evokes Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the latest from Brian De Palma plunges Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s hapless Copenhagan cop into a complex plot involving CIA skullduggery courtesy agent Guy Pearce and high-tech jihadists with machine-gun-mounted livestreaming cameras. A go-for-broke genre exercise featuring stunning set pieces at the Netherlands Film Festival and a Spanish bullfight, which finds the ever-provocative De Palma exploring the correlation between terrorism and filmmaking. “The death-dealing, all-voyeurism-all-the-time world that De Palma has been imagining in some form or another since the late ’60s, has, he recognizes, finally come into actual being, and it’s worse than he, or anyone, ever imagined.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 7, 2019 12:01 AM CDT
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
CHARLES TAYLOR TO INTRODUCE 'THE FURY' IN NY 6/18
PART OF PAULINE KAEL 100TH BIRTHDAY SERIES AT THE QUAD CINEMA IN JUNE
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Speaking of Pauline Kael and The Fury, the Quad Cinema in New York is running a series titled, "Losing It At the Movies: Pauline Kael at 100," through the month of June. Included is a film that Kael loved to bits, Brian De Palma's The Fury, which will screen at 4:30pm on Wednesday, June 12, and at 9pm on Tuesday, June 18. The latter screening will be introduced by film critic Charles Taylor.

In 2002, ranking De Palma's Femme Fatale at number 3 on his top 10 film list for Salon that year, Taylor wrote, "As a visual storyteller Brian De Palma is without equal in contemporary moviemaking. Inevitably, his films are dismissed by critics and audiences who have become too lazy to process visual information. (Here's a decoder: When a critic describes a De Palma film as 'incoherent' it usually means he was too lazy to follow it.)"


Posted by Geoff at 11:57 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
DE PALMA SAYS DOMINO 'WAS NOT RECUT'
Brian De Palma tells "De Palma a la Mod" that while he would not like to discuss Domino, "It was not recut. I was not involved in the ADR [Automated Dialog Replacement], the musical recording sessions, the final mix or the color timing of the final print."


Posted by Geoff at 8:26 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 8:27 AM CDT
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Monday, June 3, 2019
ADAM NAYMAN ON 'DOMINO'
CLICK THE IMAGE BOX BELOW TO GO READ IT AT THE RINGER
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Posted by Geoff at 6:44 PM CDT
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Sunday, June 2, 2019
BRIAN DE PALMA'S SPLIT SCREEN IN THE HORIZON
MISSION TO MARS / DOMINO - THANKS TO ROMAIN FOR THE CAPTURES
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Posted by Geoff at 4:14 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:16 PM CDT
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