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Sunday, May 8, 2016
SUNDAY TWEETS - 'THANK YOU, MR. ACAVANO!'



Posted by Geoff at 6:54 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 8, 2016 7:01 PM CDT
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
'DE PALMA' HOT DOCS REVIEWS
CHRIS ALEXANDER: "THE FIRST AND LAST WORD ON THE MAN AND HIS WORK"
Shock Till You Drop's Chris Alexander posted a highly positive review of De Palma yesterday. "It’s a rapturous gift to the hardcore De Palma admirer, of which this writer is one, loud and proud," states Alexander. "In fact, so smitten was I by this picture, I watched it 3 times in succession. It’s a master class. The first and last word on the man and his work."

Alexander later enthuses that the documentary is "remarkable not just because of its edifying look at an important body of cinema, but remarkable because of just how much the duo get out of the De Palma. I’ve interviewed De Palma, twice. There’s a science to it. He’s guarded. It takes the right questions, the right amalgam of word and gesture to get him to open up; one misstep and he closes down just as quickly. So to see De Palma so light and excited, speaking so freely and candidly is a joy to behold. The man is damn near jovial!

"Mind you, De Palma is masterfully edited, cutting between the chatty director and a flurry of incredible clips from the films themselves (there goes the budget!) and behind the scenes stuff from De Palma’s vaults (love the 8MM footage of Steven Spielberg, De Palma’s former best friend and the director’s ex-wife, actress Nancy Allen, sending love out to their colleague; a beautiful snapshot of a time and place that exists only in myth). So, who knows how hard Baumbach and Paltrow worked to get their mentor into his comfort zone. Either way, they did and it’s amazing.

"DE PALMA will be an orgasmic experience for the faithful. But it is also required viewing for every aspiring director who dreams of making commercially successful product, while still maintaining the pure vision of an artist. Truly, it’s difficult to think of another Hollywood filmmaker who has so deftly managed to make such personal work on such a grand scale."

Jesse Hawken of Torontoist posted a review of the documentary last week, in anticipation of the Hot Docs Film Festival:

This film is a chronological tour of De Palma’s complete filmography, guided by the director himself with a bounty of clips and juicy stories about a career full of fights with actors (he had a tough time working with Cliff Robertson on his first big budget film Obsession), studios (Columbia Pictures wouldn’t let him cast the porn star Annette Haven in his erotic thriller Body Double), and the ratings board (which came to a head when he got an X rating for Scarface after submitting three versions, finally putting all the violence back in). De Palma is candid when discussing the highs and lows of his 50-year directing career: he passed on directing Flashdance and Fatal Attraction; he says he lost his nerve adapting Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of The Vanities; and feels he never made a better film than Carlito’s Way.

The final section of the film is unexpectedly moving as it heads into the director’s decline, which began after his greatest box office success Mission: Impossible, as he got lost in making the visual-effects-heavy Mission To Mars; its spectacular failure at the box office was the end of De Palma’s American career, as he looked to Europe for financing and the years between features lengthened. As illustrated by the clips from his recent, less-consequential works like Passion and The Black Dahlia, De Palma understands, like his hero Hitchcock in the years after Psycho, that his glory days are behind him, that the industry has changed around him, that it gets harder as one gets older.

Directors Baumbach and Paltrow are obviously huge admirers of De Palma’s work, and the film succeeds as a solid testament to his career and importance. This film is a feast for De Palma lovers who may not be so familiar with the smaller, harder-to-see films from earlier in his career, like Greetings, Get To Know Your Rabbit, and Home Movies; conversely, this clip-heavy documentary might not be the best place to start for newcomers to De Palma’s work, as the twists and climaxes to some of his greatest films will be ruined for you, especially the magnificent downer ending of Blow Out.


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Saturday, April 23, 2016
'DE PALMA' AT IMAGINE FEST IN AMSTERDAM
ONLY DOC INCLUDED AT THIS YEAR'S GENRE-THEMED FEST, FINAL SCREENING TOMORROW
The Imagine Film Festival, which focuses on horror and sci-fi genre films with an increased interest in thrillers of late, has included screenings of De Palma this year. The third and final screening happens tomorrow, April 24th, the last day of the festival, which began April 14th. The fest's page for the film includes a quote of something Brian De Palma says to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow at one point: "You start with character and work your way outwards, while I start with construction and work my way in."

Ravage Webzine's Ulrik van Tongeren calls the documentary "the best film of the festival," adding that "De Palma is surprisingly frank and honest about his work. Moreover, the film is packed with revealing anecdotes." Van Tongeren particularly enjoyed the details De Palma provides about the filmmaking process, including extensive discussion of Alfred Hitchcock. He also appreciated the way De Palma articulates the modern way action scenes are put together in most films today, which merely produce "predictable clichés." Van Tongeren concludes that "this unique masterclass should be studied carefully by any film student."

Posted by Geoff at 11:48 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2016 11:50 AM CDT
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
TRAILER FOR 'DE PALMA' DOCUMENTARY
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 10

Posted by Geoff at 12:08 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:53 PM CDT
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
'DE PALMA' DOC COMING JUNE 10 - POSTER BELOW
AND LINK TO MOVIE GEEKS UNITED REVIEW OF FILM
De Palma, the documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, will hit theaters June 10, it was revealed yesterday. Meanwhile, Jamey DuVall at Movie Geeks United reviews the film.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
'DE PALMA' DOC AT ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL
CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS
De Palma, the documentary about Brian De Palma made by Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach, screened this past Friday (April 8) at the 35th Istanbul Film Festival. The film will screen again tomorrow, April 11. The fest's description of the film goes like this: "An exciting look at the idiosyncratic cinema of the living legend, Brian De Palma. The director, who differs from his peers with his extraordinary career, sits with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow and candidly discusses his 29 features, shorts, and fell through projects. Scenes from his inimitable films accompany the conversation that ranges from the secrets of his mind-blowing mise-en-scène, to anecdotes from his sets, and film theory. De Palma is a riveting documentary that will not only embrace cinéphiles and the director´s fans, but also audiences who are unfamiliar with his work."

Popüler Sinema's Müge İbrikçi posted a review of the film after its Friday screening, saying, in part, that listening to the director himself personally describe each of his works provides autobiographical details that make the films seem even more realistic.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
'DE PALMA' AT HOT DOCS IN TORONTO MAY 2, 3, 6
SHANE SMITH: "LIVELY & UNEXPECTEDLY MOVING DOCUMENTARY"
The full schedule for Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto was posted today. Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma is set to play Monday, May 2 (6:15pm), Tuesday, May 3 (10am), and Friday, May 6 (9:30pm).

On the film's event page, Shane Smith writes of the film: "One of the most talented, influential and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma started his career in the 1960s. It has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way and Mission: Impossible. In this lively and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking. Touching on his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field, what emerges is a funny and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist. It's an exhilarating look at the last 50 years of film through the eyes of someone who's truly seen it all."

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
'DE PALMA' ADDED TO HOT DOCS FILM FEST
AND ARNAUD DESPLECHIN GUSHES ABOUT THE MINIMALIST WAY IT'S SHOT & CONSTRUCTED


Hot Docs, the Canadian international documentary festival, today revealed that Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's De Palma will screen at this year's fest, as part of its Special Presentations sidebar. The festival runs in Toronto from April 28 through May 8, and the final slate/schedule of films will be announced on March 22nd. "From Carrie to Mission: Impossible to Scarface and beyond," reads the Hot Docs description, "Brian De Palma has created some of cinema’s most iconic work. In this career-spanning, funny and candid conversation, he reveals his unique perspective on life, work and the past 50 years in film." This announcement comes less than a week after it was announced that De Palma will screen at the 18th annual RiverRun International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30pm.

Meanwhile, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days opens this Friday. You may recall that De Palma, Baumbach, Paltrow, and Wes Anderson all attended that film's premiere last fall at the New York Film Festival (NYFF director Kent Jones also appears in the group photo above with Desplechin). Sounds like Desplechin got a chance to catch De Palma, as well-- Here's the beginning part of Metro's Matt Prigge article, posted today:

Arnaud Desplechin loves talking film so much he doesn’t only talk about his own films. The French director (of "Kings and Queen" and "A Christmas Tale") is in New York to promote “My Golden Days,” a prequel-of-sorts to his 1996 film “My Sex Life…or How I Got into an Argument,” visiting two of its characters, Paul and Esther (Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos, though only Amalric appears), when they were young and first in love (and now played by Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet).

But he just saw “De Palma,” Noah Baumbach and Jake [Paltrow]’s doc about filmmaker Brian De Palma, and he gushes about the minimalist way it’s been shot and constructed. Soon we’re talking about Woody Allen, and it’s a miracle we quickly steered things back to his own (excellent) new film.

De Palma is someone who’s sometimes written off as trashy, but he has a strong critical fanbase. Are there other filmmakers you think are underrated?
Woody Allen. For years, decades he was underestimated. Film buffs are often half-and-half with him. But what he achieved with 12 films in 12 years between the ’80s and ’90s was just amazing — films like “Another Woman,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Zelig.” Some American critics are reluctant to like him — they think he’s too New York, too Caucasian, too whatever. Now we can see people really taking him seriously. Ten years ago I felt lonely when I was discussing Woody Allen with American critics.

Even some of his films from the last 20 years are very interesting.
I love “Deconstructing Harry.” “Magic in the Moonlight” is a good film. “Blue Jasmine” — I know American critics loved it because of the performances, which are stunning. But I saw it again on TV a few weeks and [shrugs]. “Magic in the Moonlight” was better.

Even Woody Allen is hard on Woody Allen. He openly disparages his own work.
There is a trend that I love in cinema, where people who are passionate about it say the same thing, which is silly, which is: It was so much better before. The cinema was silent, and soon as sound and dialogue came in, people said cinema was dead. Then came [Ingmar] Bergman, and Bergman said, “What I do is nothing compared to [Victor] Sjostrom or [Carl Theodor] Dreyer.” Then you come to Woody Allen and he says, “What I’m doing is nothing compared to Bergman.” It’s always about complaining that things are the same — but actually, cinema is always different. I love that people always complain that cinema is always done, and then it finds a way to reinvent itself with each generation.


Posted by Geoff at 7:39 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:42 PM CDT
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
'DE PALMA' DOC AT RIVERRUN FEST APRIL 13TH
INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST RUNS APRIL 7-17 IN WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's documentary about Brian De Palma will screen at the 18th annual RiverRun International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30pm. De Palma will screen out-of-competition as part of the festival's "Special Screenings" program. The festival runs April 7-17, 2016.

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Friday, December 11, 2015
KENT JONES TELLS WHY NO DE PALMA IN HIS DOC
DE PALMA WANTED TO SAVE WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HITCHCOCK FOR PALTROW/BAUMBACH DOC
RogerEbert.com's Patrick Z. McGavin posted an interview last week with Kent Jones, who has a new documentary, Hitchcock/Truffaut, about the meetings between Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock that took place across eight days in 1962. Those meetings, of course, led to the book of the same name, which can be found on the bookshelves of film lovers everywhere.

"Brian De Palma is the one conspicuous absence among the group of contemporary directors," McGavin says to Jones midway through the interview. "Did he not want to participate in the film?"

Jones replies, "For a very specific reason, because Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow just did a movie about him. They worked on that film for about four years. I asked [De Palma] and he said he wanted to save what he thought about Hitchcock for their movie. We just showed the documentary [De Palma] at the New York Film Festival. Noah and I are pretty good friends, and we kind of exchanged movies at a certain point and we both were amazed at how much they just talked to each other. That’s what their movie is, just Brian and nobody else. He’s talking about his craft, and he’s talking a lot about Vertigo. In fact, the movie begins with a clip from Vertigo. That seemed like a very compelling reason for [De Palma] to not be in [this] film."

Also at RogerEbert.com, Odie Henderson reviews Hitchcock/Truffaut. Henderson concludes in his review, "One interview subject you might be expecting is missing from Hitchcock/Truffaut. Brian De Palma declined to appear in the film, but he had a good reason. He was busy sitting with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for their one-man interview/documentary, De Palma. That film, which is also quite good, would make a great double feature with Hitchcock/Truffaut. Both films feature a director talking to another director about his body of work. The similarities are complementary, and I can think of no better way to waste an afternoon if you love movies."


Posted by Geoff at 3:08 AM CST
Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2015 11:40 AM CST
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