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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 13) - BLOW OUT
IN THE PHONE BOOTHS OF A PHILADELPHIA TRAIN STATION
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Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 7:47 AM CDT
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Monday, May 27, 2024
'MAYBE THE PHONE COMPANY'S IN ON THE CONSPIRACY, TOO'
AND THE "SHOT BY SHOT PODCAST" DISCUSSES BLOW OUT
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Posted by Geoff at 12:22 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 27, 2024 2:04 PM CDT
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Sunday, May 26, 2024
CANNES CLOSES WITH 'PHANTOM' ON THE BEACH!
PRESENTED BY PAUL WILLIAMS & SAM PRESSMAN
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Paul Williams and Sam Pressman presented a screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise last night, closing out this year's Cannes Film Festival at Macé beach on the Croisette. As the festival description has it, "In addition to all the screenings, conferences and events of the Official Selection happening at the Palais du Festival, the Festival reinvents itself each day at 9.30 pm and transforms the Macé beach of the Croisette (across the Majestic) into an open-air theater at nightfall."

On stage in front of the giant screen before the film last night, Paul Williams recalled the days when the film was released in 1974. "What was very good fortune for us, was that it wasn't a small hit, or even a big hit," Williams told the Canneds audience. "It was a film that, the people that loved it, would not walk away from."


Posted by Geoff at 11:48 AM CDT
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Saturday, May 25, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 12) - BURKE MULTITASKING
WATCHING JACK CARRY A PROJECTOR TO HIS JEEP AND THEN DRIVING OFF SOMEWHERE IN A HURRY
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Posted by Geoff at 12:45 PM CDT
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Friday, May 24, 2024
'PHANTOM' IS ONE OF THE 15 STRANGEST, SAYS MOVIEMAKER MAG
"AND ONE OF THE COOLEST"
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MovieMaker magazine's Tim Molloy has posted a gallery-style article with the headline, "The 15 Strangest Movies We’ve Ever Seen." Included on that list is Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise:
Before he gained much deserved acclaim for films like Carrie, Scarface and The Untouchables, Brian De Palma was best known for scrappy experimental films like Hi Mom and Sisters. The Phantom of the Paradise was an apparent attempt at a commercial breakthrough. But some audiences were weirded out by its garish ambience, and some jaded critics considered it a ho-hum satire of the music industry.

In retrospect, it’s simply one of the strangest movies we’ve ever seen — and one of the coolest. Music producer Swan (Paul Williams, who also provides much of the haunting music) makes naive songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) sell his soul and his songs so that they can be performed by Swan’s pet protege, Phoenix (Jessica Harper). He seeks justice by becoming The Phantom of the Paradise.

The atmospherics are incredible — doomed and portentous, without ever veering fully into camp. It’s also fun to note that Williams would, just a few years after this, co-write “The Rainbow Connection” for Kermit the Frog — and to wonder if, considering that De Palma and George Lucas traveled in the same circles, The Phantom influenced Darth Vader.


Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
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Thursday, May 23, 2024
FILMING 'BLOW OUT' ON THE STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA - 1981
BRIAN DE PALMA ON THE GROUND, VILMOS ZSIGMOND BEHIND THE LENS, JOHN LITHGOW IN THE PHONE BOOTH
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Posted by Geoff at 11:06 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 11) - 'IT'S BURKE, SIR'
"I'M CALLING FROM A SECURE PUBLIC PHONE BOOTH, SIR, I SUGGEST YOU CALL ME BACK ON SAME"
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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
GREGG HENRY RECALLS FILMING ON STAGE 16 AT WARNER BROS.
NEW PORTION OF INDIEWIRE INTERVIEW FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY OF BODY DOUBLE
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Indiewire's Samantha Bergeson has posted another portion of her "wide-sweeping interview" with Gregg Henry for the 40th anniversary of Brian De Palma's Body Double. Here's a bit of it:
“You remember exactly what the anxiety was of the day,” Henry said of rewatching “Body Double” for the interview. “Seeing the shots that were difficult…I don’t know if you remember the shot that sort of like when Sam first takes Jake up to the house? It’s the looking and seeing the view, you see it from outside and whatever and then takes him over to the Hollywood sign and the camera then goes from inside to outside the house, and it’s this long shot that goes out as the score sort of kicks in, and looking at us in the window and then it connects to the other house. All of that, we were on Stage 16, the big stage of Warner Bros. They built both houses in this stage so that he could execute these kind of shots.”

While the erotic thriller pays homage to “Rear Window,” Henry detailed just how much “craziness” was going on behind the scenes, including De Palma refusing to film the climax outside after one “freezing” night shoot.

“Speaking of that big stage, we shot the scene that takes place by the aqueduct, right where the grave ends up being dug,” Henry said. “We went out and shot the first scene scheduled there. I knew all of the freeway. It comes down on the mountains, that border, and they have some shots of it in the movie that are really, really cool. We were shooting up there, but it was freezing. It was so cold, and we’d be up there at like two in the morning, three in the morning, four in the morning, and Brian is like, ‘That’s it. We’re not shooting up here anymore.’ And so he then took the other corner of [Stage] 16 and built a piece of the aqueduct type. I think the schedule sort of widened a little bit for what was going be done on the stage that night, but it was so terribly cold out there.”

Upon being moved indoors, the “special shots” for that scene included Henry throwing dirt into the grave of Melanie Griffith’s character.

“I’m up on 25 feet, way up, so you get that long shot from underneath of the dirt coming down. Then all the stuff that took place there at that location instead of, you know, in the grave,” Henry said.


Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 12:21 AM CDT
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Monday, May 20, 2024
DE PALMA MENTIONED IN SOME REVIEWS OF 'THE SUBSTANCE'
GLEIBERMAN: "SHOCKING & RESONANT, DISARMINGLY GROTESQUE & WEIRDLY FUN"
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Coralie Fargeat's The Substance had its world premiere yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film has caused something of a sensation, and at least a couple of reviews mention Brian De Palma. This includes Variety's Owen Gleiberman, who begins his review with this:
Shocking and resonant, disarmingly grotesque and weirdly fun, “The Substance” is a feminist body-horror film that should be shown in movie theaters all over the land. By that, I don’t mean that it’s some elegant exercise in egghead darkness like the films of David Cronenberg, or a patchy postmodern punk curio like “Titane.” Coralie Fargeat, the writer-director of “The Substance,” has a voice that’s italicized, in-your-face, garishly accessible and thrillingly extreme. She draws on much of the hyperbolic flamboyance that’s come to define megaplex horror. But unlike 90 percent of those movies, “The Substance” is the work of a filmmaker with a vision. She’s got something primal to say to us.

Gleiberman's De Palma mentions come a bit later in the review:
Fargeat, who has made one previous feature (2017’s “Revenge”), works in a wide-angle-lens, up-from-exploitation style that might be described as cartoon grindhouse Kubrick. It’s like “A Clockwork Orange” fused with the kinetic aesthetics of a state-of-the-art television commercial. Fargeat favors super-close-ups (of body parts, cars, eating, kissing), with sounds to match, and she also vacuums up influences the way Brian De Palma once did (though he, in this case, is one of them). We’ve all seen dozens of retreads of the Jekyll-and-Hyde story, but Fargeat, in her imaginative audacity, fuses it with “Showgirls,” and even that isn’t enough for her. She draws heavily on the hallucinatory moment in “The Shining” where Jack Torrance embraces a young woman in a bathtub, only to see her transformed into a cackling old crone. Beyond that, Fargeat‘s images recall the exploding-beast-with-a-writhing-face in John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” the bloodbath prom of “Carrie,” and the addiction-turned-dread of “Requiem for a Dream.”

What makes all of this original is that Coralie Fargeat fuses it with her own stylized aggro voice (she favors minimal dialogue, which pops like something out of a graphic novel), and with her feminist outrage over the way that women have been ruled by the world of images. At first, though, the over-the-top-ness does take a bit of getting used. Dennis Quaid plays the brash pig of a network executive, in baroquely decorated suit jackets, who has decided to fire Elisabeth, and when he’s having lunch with her, shoving shrimp in his mouth from what feels like four inches away from the audience, you want to recoil as much as she does. But Fageat is actually great with her actors; she knows that Quaid’s charisma, even when he’s playing a showbiz vulgarian as reprehensible as this, will make him highly watchable.


Screen Daily's Tim Grierson also mentions De Palma in his review:
Special makeup effects designer Pierre-Olivier Persin becomes the film’s secret weapon in its second half. Unlike other films that claim to be body-horror, Fargeat delivers in spectacular and revolting fashion, not just conjuring memories of David Cronenberg but also Brian De Palma. At 140 minutes, The Substance can feel bloated and a tad repetitive, but the extra runtime allows Fargeat to push her disturbing premise to its logical, funny, utterly disgusting end point.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 12:15 AM CDT
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Sunday, May 19, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 10) - 'BLOW OUT'
"HOW 'BOUT THAT DRINK YOU PROMISED?" - JOHN TRAVOLTA AS SOUND EFFECTS ARTIST JACK TERRI
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Posted by Geoff at 10:03 PM CDT
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