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Domino is
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us to reexamine our
relationship to images
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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
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"a horror movie
based on real things
that have happened
in the news"

Supercut video
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Washington Post
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AV Club Review
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Saturday, May 4, 2024
SOLD OUT - 'PHANTOM' AT VIDIOTS IN LOS ANGELES MAY 5
SCREENING HOSTED BY ARI KAHAN WITh PAUL WILLIAMS, PETER ELBLING, AND A SUPER-SECRET ATTENDEE
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The Swan Archives News Page reports: "Our Principal Archivist will again be hosting a very special screening" of Phantom Of The Paradise, "this time at Vidiots in Los Angeles, on May 5 at 7pm. Also in the house: Paul Williams and Peter Elbling. And perhaps another supersecret attendee." The Vidiots event page notes that this screening is sold out.

Meanwhile...

Momentarily distracted by the presence of Winslow Leach, the composer, Swan quickly comes up with an idea. "Telephone," he commands to no one in particular, turning and pointing toward the telephone that sits atop a bedside table behind him...

 


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Friday, May 3, 2024
GREGG HENRY TALKS TO INDIEWIRE - 'BODY DOUBLE' & DE PALMA
"I'M EXTREMELY PROUD TO HAVE DONE A LOT OF MOVIES WITH BRIAN"
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As Netflix celebrates the 40th anniversary of Brian De Palma's Body Double, Gregg Henry talks to IndieWire's Samantha Bergeson about the film and working with De Palma:
“It wasn’t a box office smash and it wasn’t promoted heavily or endorsed by critics at the time,” Henry said. “It was not enthusiastically endorsed by the studio. They kept the opening on the down low, you know what I mean? Now, that might be just my opinion. Go talk to the marketing budget people who might tell you something different. But I don’t think so. I think it was pretty understated in terms of the publicity because it was dealing with porn stars and looking at Hollywood in a sort of satirical way. It had all kinds of dark sort of things and Brian could be prickly when dealing with those studio types as well.”

That “prickliness” from De Palma was rooted in the mainstream pressure within Hollywood to conform to a particular genre. De Palma, rather, built his auteurism upon commenting on the state of the film industry as a whole rather than succumbing to it.

“I think part of it is what we were just talking about a little bit ago is that there’s, you know, well, ‘How am I supposed to classify this? What pigeonhole can we put this in?'” Henry said. “‘Well, it’s funny but it’s kind of scary.’ ‘Well, it’s just a thriller.’ ‘Well, he said it is like ‘Rear Window.” Just on and on, the way people talk about Brian’s movies.”

According to Henry, “Body Double” has the ideal blend of the “definitive De Palma signature,” AKA it confused critics and studio marketing executives alike because it’s supposed to.

“I think that he had it before that but I think at that point in time, it’s like it becomes this sort of stamp along with the score,” Henry said of “Body Double” being distinctly De Palma-esque. “You can see like, you know, five seconds from across a large room and go, ‘Oh, that’s all pretty unusual.’ I mean, it’s unusual for, like, a singer’s voice or a painter’s paintings or anything.”

The tone of “Body Double” just might be what audience members are trying to unravel. While the film is no doubt a thriller, that’s not where the core tension comes from onscreen. Rather, it’s the toying with parody, power, and pleasure that De Palma deftly explores both with his camera work and script.

“I just think a lot of it is tongue in cheek,” Henry said. “A lot of scenes are humorous and poke fun at the movie business, certainly. It fires off in a lot of directions.”

Like that old Hollywood saying, films that criticize Hollywood don’t ever really find their appreciation in Hollywood. Don’t bite the hand, et cetera, et cetera. Henry finds “Body Double” “still funny” 40 years later, but also is aware that modern audiences may find some of the sequences a little more complex in today’s political climate.

“You watch it with your hand over your eyes,” Henry joked. “It was more fun than anything. It’ll be very interesting actually [to watch the discourse surrounding the re-release]. It was considered racy and dangerous for Brian to be taking this stuff on and doing it in the film. And now it’s racy and dangerous for a whole different reason. But maybe it’s the same reason, I don’t know.”

Henry continued, “I think some of the sense of humor might not play but some of the things that are funny to me, that are funny to Brian…I mean, he has that romantic spinning and 360 shot of the embrace which is really difficult to do and he does them really beautifully, with the score swelling. Those things make me laugh, you know. But then I don’t know if they make anybody else laugh. The same with the drilling scene. I just remember we’re talking about which bit we’re going to use and I’m saying to myself, ‘I know Brian’s going to go for that, which is huge,’ and that was the one he wanted. Then we’re shooting it in the blocking of it all. I had forgotten this, but it started with this crazy shot with using the drill horizontally, sort of going like as a sword going into her and everything. Then ultimately she’s on the ground and I said, ‘Well, I know what you want’ and I turned around with the drill and I sat down and started to swing it between my legs [like a penis]. And he said, ‘Yeah, that’ll be great.'”

From improvised phallic weaponry to cinematography Easter egg jokes, it makes sense why “Body Double” proved it could transcend its (or any) genre. “It’s sufficiently scary but it’s also very funny,” Henry said.

In fact, the only other director who can balance that tonal discrepancy between comedy and horror is James Gunn, according to Henry.

“I did James’ first movie, ‘Slither,’ with him, which has a similar sort of sensibility in terms of humor,” Henry said. “James and Brian are really my favorite people as directors.”

Like with De Palma, Henry continued to work with Gunn and appeared in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy.

As for “Body Double,” Henry couldn’t help but lament on the greatness of De Palma.

“I’m extremely proud to have done a lot of movies with Brian and I’m proud of being in this movie, even though it deals with some dicey and juicy areas,” Henry said. “I think he’s a masterful filmmaker and I think he is a stylist like very few directors are. It’s been an honor to be able to work with him.”


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Thursday, May 2, 2024
PHONE BOOTHS IN DE PALMA (PART 5) - 'SISTERS'
JENNIFER SALT AS REPORTER GRACE COLLIER
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Posted by Geoff at 11:30 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2024 11:47 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
SCARFACE SCREENING WITH GLENN KENNY AT IFC IN NY, MAY 8th
KENNY'S BOOK, THE WORLD IS YOURS: THE STORY OF SCARFACE, WILL BE PUBLISHED MAY 7th
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Thanks to Hugh for sending word of next week's screening of Brian De Palma's Scarface at IFC Center in New York. The screening on Wednesday, May 8, will be followed by a book signing and Q&A with Glenn Kenny, whose book, The World Is Yours: The Story of Scarface, will be published May 7. Here's the description at the IFC event page:
Screening of SCARFACE (1983), followed by a post-screening conversation with “The World is Yours: The Story of Scarface” writer Glenn Kenny and a book signing. Copies of the book will be available for pre-order and at the IFC Center concession stand.

An unflinching confrontation of humanity’s dark side, Brian De Palma’s crime drama film SCARFACE gave rise to a cultural revolution upon its release in 1983. Its impact was unprecedented, making globe-spanning waves as a defining portrait of the gritty Miami street life. From Al Pacino’s masterful characterization of Tony Montana to the iconic “Say hello to my little friend,” SCARFACE maintains its reputation as an unwavering game changer in cult classic cinema.

With brand-new interviews and untold stories of the film’s production, longtime film critic Glenn Kenny takes us on an unparalleled journey through the making of American depictions of crime with the new book “The World Is Yours: The Story of Scarface.” The book highlights the influential characters and themes within SCARFACE, reflecting on how its storied legacy played such a major role in American culture, featuring behind-the-scenes story of the iconic film and new interviews with the cast and crew.


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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
PHONE BOOTHS IN DE PALMA (Pt 4) - 'GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT'
KATHARINE ROSS IN THE RAIN
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Monday, April 29, 2024
VIDEO - JoBlo 'WHAT HAPPENED TO' LOOKS AT 'RAISING CAIN'
PACKED WITH DETAILS, BUT MISTAKENLY REFERS TO GELDERBLOM RE-CUT AS "OFFICIAL DIRECTOR'S CUT"

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
PHONE BOOTHS IN DE PALMA (PART 3) - 'HI, MOM!'
ROBERT DE NIRO AS JON, HAVING JUST TRADED IN HIS CAMERA FOR A TV SET
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Saturday, April 27, 2024
PHONE BOOTHS IN DE PALMA (PART 2) - 'GREETINGS'
JONATHAN WARDEN AS PAUL
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Thursday, April 25, 2024
PHONE BOOTHS IN DE PALMA - 'MURDER A LA MOD'
TWO VIEWS OF MARGO NORTON AS KAREN
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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
'BLOW OUT' AT ACADEMY MUSEUM IN L.A. ON WED MAY 1st
AS PART OF WEEKLY "BRANCH SELECTS" SERIES - DE PALMA'S FILM SELECTED BY THE SOUND BRANCH
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Brian De Palma's Blow Out will screen at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 1, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles (in the David Geffen Theater). The screening is part of a weekly "Branch Selects" series:
Branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences represent distinct disciplines of moviemaking. Working with members of the Academy branches, the Academy Museum presents a weekly series that offers a one-of-a-kind journey through film history. Working alphabetically through all 18 branches of the Academy, each week a different branch selects a film that represents a major achievement in the evolution of moviemaking and its unique disciplines.

The Sound Branch has selected Blow Out:
Brian De Palma wrote and directed this mystery about a movie sound technician (John Travolta) who inadvertently records the assassination of a politician. Stylish and unexpectedly emotional, Blow Out has become one of De Palma’s most acclaimed films over the last four decades, and his script cleverly incorporates filmmaking techniques into its storyline. In collaboration with sound mixer Dick Vorisek and sound editor Dan Sable, as well as such De Palma regulars as cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, film editor Paul Hirsch, and composer Pino Donaggio, the director creates a worthy successor to the great conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s.


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