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Domino is
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straight-forward"
work that "pushes
us to reexamine our
relationship to images
and their consumption,
not only ethically
but metaphysically"
-Collin Brinkman

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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in Snakes

De Palma/Lehman
next novel is Terry

De Palma developing
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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AV Club Review
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Sunday, August 22, 2021
KRIVINE ON WRITING CIVIL WAR SERIES 'CLARKSVILLE 1861'
WORKING WITH UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, & HOW DE PALMA GOT INVOLVED
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At Le Monde, Frédéric Krivine tells Laurent Carpentier and Aureliano Tonet about contacting Brian De Palma when he heard De Palma and Susan Lehman mention that their favorite French TV program was A French Village, and how he has been working to adapt his series for U.S. television:
Are Snakes Necessary? When filmmaker Brian De Palma arrived in Paris in 2018 to promote this noir novel written with his co-author and companion, Susan Lehman, the couple slipped a confidence to AFP: "Our favorite TV program? A French Village!" Frédéric Krivine, the creator of this series broadcast on French Televisions from 2009 to 2017, leaps from his chair. He has a project in his boxes. "If Régine Deforges could have done this crap with The Blue Bicycle, which during the Occupation transposed a history of the Civil War, I told myself that we could do the same in the opposite direction ..." From one national trauma to another, there are indeed similarities: comparable durations, torn families… “I sent a five-page note to De Palma. Half an hour later, I had an answer. He engaged directly."

So here is A French Village, which has sold in 65 countries, being adapted both in Spain at the time of the civil war, in the Italy of the Republic of Salo (September 1943 - April 1945 ), and in the United States… “Great filmmakers rarely make pale copies, reassures Frédéric Krivine, who watches over his baby. Personally, I prefer The Magnificent Seven to the Seven Samurai. "In terms of remakes, De Palma is a kind of specialist: Passion (2012), Mission: Impossible (1996) and, of course, Scarface (1983) ..." I saw the original, continues Krivine, that of Howard Hawks: It's another movie."

Round trips
Attractive poster, project in progress, but nothing is won. "The United States is complicated," sighs Frédéric Krivine. He has already written the pilot, christened Clarksville 1861, named after an imaginary small town in Kentucky, a state cut in two during the Civil War. "To write a series about this period is to put the racial question at the center. From here, we do not realize how in the United States nothing is settled. And how narrow is the path whenever fiction is harnessed."

The adaptation highlights the cultural differences, the moral values ​​that prevail from one country to another, from one era to another.

As a consultant, the Frenchman sought out Sundiata Cha-Jua, professor of African-American history at the University of Illinois. “Without him, there is little chance that the series will happen. We go back and forth. We get along very well, but he keeps telling me that I think like a white man, that I write like a white man, that I understand absolutely nothing about slavery… We'll see. Either way, Clarksville 1861 will only happen if there is a prominent black figure who supports the project. In the United States, you need an Oprah Winfrey or the Obamas, who are consultants at Netflix, to validate your project… ”


Previously:
De Palma developing Civil War series Newton 1861

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Thursday, August 19, 2021
'PHANTOM' IN PHILADELPHIA OCT 6, WITH ARI KAHAN
SWAN ARCHIVES - "A VERY SPECIAL SCREENING OF OUR FAVORITE FILM"
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From The Swan Archives News Page yesterday:
Our Principal Archivist, in collaboration with Exhumed Films and PhilaMoca, will be presenting what we promise will be a very special screening of our favorite film in Philadelphia at The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, on October 6. We expect this event will sell out, so get on it! Tickets and info here.

And here's the description at the eventbrite ticket page:
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE with the Swan Archives’ Principal Archivist, Ari Kahan!

About this event

Nearly fifty years after its release, Brian DePalma’s bizarre 1974 horror rock opera Phantom of the Paradise stands as one of the most beloved and joyous films in the realm of genre cinema. Join Exhumed Films and PhilaMoca for a very special screening of the cult classic, introduced by Ari Kahan! Kahan is co-producer of the acclaimed documentary Phantom of Winnipeg and curator of The Swan Archives, an extensive online resource devoted to the tragic tale of doomed musician Winslow Leach and his nemesis, the mysterious impresario known only as Swan. Ari will introduce a rare and unique screening of the movie, after which we promise you will never look at Phantom of the Paradise quite the same way again!

PhilaMOCA currently requires proof of vaccination and masks.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
AROUND THE COFFEE TABLE IN DE PALMA'S APARTMENT
REHEARSING 'CARRIE' IN 1976 - NOTE THE CASSETTE TAPE RECORDERS ON THE COFFEE TABLE
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William Katt, talking to Legal News' Kurt Anthony Krug in 2018:
“For two weeks, we worked at [De Palma’s] apartment in Hollywood. I remember [Travolta, Allen, Irving, Spacek, and myself] would all go there and work. At the time, we were using a reel-to-reel tape-recorder because video had not yet come about,” said Katt.

“Brian’s entire apartment was filled with these 3-by-5 cards with all the scenes on them. He would get up periodically and move cards around for his shot list and what not. It was a fun experience. He really sculpted those scenes to fit the actors he was working with. By the time we’d got to the set… he was really all about the camera and the components of filmmaking. I just thought he was a terrific director.”


P.J. Soles, talking to Vulture's Patti Greco in 2013:
After that George Lucas/Brian De Palma casting session, we had three more casting sessions that pretty much everyone who ended up in the movie went to. It was three weekends in a row at Brian’s apartment. We all sat around the coffee table; we all took turns reading the script from beginning to end, and his dining room had storyboards of practically every scene of the movie. I thought, Wow. He was so invested in this film. And Sissy was never there. I think Amy Irving was up for the role of Carrie [at that point]. She was the one who got Sue. And I think Nancy was up for Sue but then she got Chris Hargensen and I was up for Chris but I got Norma. So it was very interesting.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
SOUND PERSPECTIVES IN 'BLOW OUT'
TWO SETS OF FRAMES, BETWEEN JACK & BURKE, AND SALLY IN THE MIDDLE
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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
RARE 'BONFIRE' IMAGE - A LOST 'SWORD OF JUSTICE' SHOT
AS THE FINAL EPISODE OF TCM 'DEVIL'S CANDY' PODCAST HITS THE WEB TODAY
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The photo above is cropped from the pages of the Italian film magazine CIAK, which covered The Bonfire Of The Vanities for its January 1991 issue. On her blog, Elisa Leonelli explains how she began doing interviews for the magazine:
In 1987 the editors of CIAK, the Italian film monthly, proposed that I write a weekly newsletter about everything that was happening in Hollywood movies, plus film reviews and interviews with actors and directors, as their Los Angeles Correspondent. I held this position until 1994.

The first article published, interviews about “The Untouchables” with director Brian De Palma and star Kevin Costner, run as an 8-page cover story. (c) CIAK September 1987




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Monday, August 9, 2021
THE SEMICIRCULAR BAY WINDOW IN 'OBSESSION'
INSIDE COL. SHORT'S VILLA, WHICH IS NOW OWNED BY SCOTT RODGER, MANAGER FOR PAUL McCARTNEY
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Last week, Nola.com's Kristine Froeba posted about a visit to the historic cornstalk fence house in New Orleans, also known as Col. Short's Villa, and which appeared in Brian De Palma's Obsession (1976). The house is currently owned by Scott Rodger, who, according to Froeba, is "known in music circles as the successful manager and producer for artists including rocker Paul McCartney and operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli." More from Froeba's article:
The Henry Howard-designed house was built in 1859 by Col. Robert H. Short, on a tract split in 1832 from the Livaudais Plantation.

"These classic old New Orleans houses, big and small, you're often just the caretaker," said Rodger. "You know you're going to have your time for a while, but ultimately, you pass them on to someone else."

But with new ownership comes change.

A quick glance lets you know the new owner is not one to follow the design lead of the preservation set. The new interior is bold and eclectic, yet cohesive. It leans into several historical periods rather than recreating just one.

Memphis decorator Gwen Driscoll was selected to lead the revamp after Rodger purchased the home sight unseen in 2018.

"I'd seen a couple of projects that Driscoll had done here in town," said Rodger. "I chose her because her work isn't one particular style. She's just really great at interpreting what the individual owner wants."

Rodgers respects the period restoration work done by previous owners and mentions them often when discussing the house. The interior design, though, was simply not his style. In its latest incarnation, the house has become an homage to the talents of local artists and artisans, not the period in which it was built.

Local pop artist Ashley Longshore's vibrant work hangs in the kitchen above a diner banquette. Around the corner, the rouge-lacquered back stairs are adorned with a Clementine Hunter gallery — a nod to the South and the house's roots. From the front door to the back, Rodger's support of Louisiana artists is on display.

Beneath the double parlors' 19th-century arcade, now the music room, sits a streamlined Shinola turntable. It's here that Rodger spins the vinyl he produces or the classic albums he hunts in neighborhood record shops. Almost every piece of furniture and art has a personal story.

But it's Timorous Beasties, a contemporary Scottish textile and wallpaper firm located in Rodgers' hometown of Glasgow, that best encapsulates the Italianate mansion's new vibe. The firm, which describes its designs as both surreal and provocative, is featured prominently on both the house's walls and its soft furnishings. The sometimes multidimensional patterns run the gamut from pearlized branches to vibrant red brocades and pink aviary scenes.

On the other end of the spectrum, a bayou mural in ethereal muted gray and green tones by New Orleans artist Ann Marie Auricchio envelopes the center hall with its sweeping grand staircase. Its mist-covered cypress trees evoke a haunted effect and rise to the second-floor ceiling above the stairway. For continuity, the mural also covers the room's pocket doors, which lead to the dining room.

When opened, the doors reveal a startling transition to a scarlet-lacquered dining room. The dining table is itself a piece of art: wood and moss captured in resin from Mint in London. An antique bar reminds one of a chic club in Kensington.

The room is anchored with a window seat under a semicircular bay window added circa 1900. Rodger is quick to note that the window was featured in director Brian De Palma's 1975 New Orleans thriller "Obsession." It's one of many movie references that Rodger, a film buff, relates about the fixtures, decor and the house itself.



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Saturday, August 7, 2021
CARLA GUGINO'S 'LUSH HAIRCUT' IN 'SNAKE EYES'
THE SUBJECT OF A SATURDAY TWEET & A 'HELLO!' MAGAZINE COLUMN BY AUTHOR CIARAN WEST
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Friday, August 6, 2021
JEN REACTS TO ANOTHER DE PALMA FILM - 'BLOW OUT'
"YEAH, I NOTICED THESE OVERHEAD SHOTS IN 'SNAKE EYES' AS WELL..."

Previously:
Reaction Video - Reel Reviews with Jen - Snake Eyes

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Updated: Friday, August 6, 2021 6:45 PM CDT
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Thursday, August 5, 2021
'THE FURY' - '70 MOVIES WE SAW IN THE '70S' PODCAST
WITH CO-HOSTS OF THE 'WINDY CITY DOUBLE FEATURE PICTURE SHOW' PODCAST
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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
PODCAST - ARI KAHAN & MORE DISCUSS 'PHANTOM'
'PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG' DIRECTOR & FANGORIA'S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ALSO JOIN NEW EPISODE OF 'MIDNIGHT MASS'
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The co-hosts of the Midnight Mass podcast had originally planned to do an episode that focused on Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, the film. But as they began to look int it further, they also became fascinated by the film's special reception in Winnipeg, and so the episode delves into the film's cult audience, as well-- and with some very special guests. Here's the episode description, from the Midnight Mass show notes:
The music made us do it! This week, Peaches and Michael delve into the psychotronic, Faustian world of Brian De Palma’s 1974 rock opus, THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE! In addition to discussing the film’s killer soundtrack, unique style, and blurry queerness, our hosts take a deep dive into the singular fan phenomenon that caused PHANTOM to be a breakaway hit in the city of Winnipeg…and nowhere else. Joining the discussion is filmmaker Malcolm Ingram, whose documentary PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG explores this Canadian cult-status curiosity. Then, FANGORIAs Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile Jr. stops by to discuss the evolving nature of "phan" devotion. And finally, we’re joined by Ari Kahan, curator of THE SWAN ARCHIVES, which has been dedicated to the preservation of PHANTOM history since nearly the beginning. Rock n’roll! Deals with the devil! And a trio of in-depth interviews! Tune in and get salutations from the other side!

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