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Saturday, February 23, 2019
BLUMENFELD TO PRESENT 'BLOW OUT' & 'BODY DOUBLE'
AT LUMIÈRE RETROSPECTIVE IN LYON MARCH 27; SERIES RUNS THROUGH APRIL 23
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/2019retro.jpgSamuel Blumenfeld, co-author (with Laurent Vachaud) of Conversations with Brian De Palma, will present two De Palma films March 27th at the Lumière Institute in Lyon, France. Part of the De Palma retrospective, Blumenfeld that night will present a double feature of Blow Out and Body Double.

Two nights after that, on March 29th, De Palma himself will be on-hand to present a Masterclass, followed by a screening of Phantom Of The Paradise. Earlier that day, De Palma and Susan Lehman will discuss their novel, Are Snakes Necessary?, at Théâtre des Célestins.

The Lumière retrospective includes most of De Palma's films from Hi, Mom! on, and while it includes The Bonfire Of The Vanities, it does not include the comedies Get To Know Your Rabbit, Home Movies, and Wise Guys. And although Redacted is included in the series, other recent films, for whatever reason, are missing in action: Mission To Mars, Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia, and Passion.


Posted by Geoff at 10:05 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:13 AM CST
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Friday, February 15, 2019
DE PALMA DOUBLE FEATURE AT THE DAVID HOCKNEY POOL
'BLOW OUT' & 'DRESSED TO KILL' TONIGHT AT FELIX L.A. ART FAIR
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Felix L.A., an art fair that opened its inaugural edition Thursday (February 14) and continues through Sunday (February 17), includes a Brian De Palma double feature tonight at 8pm, when Blow Out and Dressed To Kill will be screened at the David Hockney Pool. The pool is located in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscars ceremony was held in 1929. A Bloomberg article by Katya Kazakina provides some context for the location, the fair, and how it connects with other fairs happening this weekend in Los Angeles:
Three months after David Hockney’s swimming pool canvas sold for $90 million, the art world is gathering around an actual pool the British artist painted at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Hockney decorated the pool’s bottom with blue swirls in 1987, almost six decades after the historic Los Angeles building hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. This week, the surrounding cabanas will exhibit works by local and international artists as part of a new art fair called Felix.

The event, co-founded by former Walt Disney Co. executive Dean Valentine, is among at least six art fairs taking place as the city vies to become an art-market epicenter, something that has eluded Los Angeles despite being home to major artists, patrons, art schools and institutions. Frieze, which hosts art fairs in London and New York, will debut this week at Paramount Pictures.

“Los Angeles has always had the artists,” said Valentine, 63, rattling off legends such as Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Chris Burden. “Now there’s more art market infrastructure here. It’s firing on all cylinders.”

International players including Hauser & Wirth and Sprueth Magers joined L.A.’s vibrant, but decentralized, gallery scene in recent years, though some upstarts have since closed. Billionaire Eli Broad and the brothers behind Guess jeans, Maurice and Paul Marciano, opened private museums.

Southern California collectors used to head to New York and Basel to buy art, but now “collectors from all over the world are coming here because the art scene is so exciting,” said Jeffrey Deitch, a dealer and former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In September, Deitch opened a local gallery because he “saw an international market.”

Frieze will emphasize Los Angeles by giving prominent space to local galleries and offering VIPs a program that includes visits to studios as well as conversations with artists and collectors living in the area.

“We know that L.A. likes to tell stories about itself,” said Bettina Korek, executive director of Frieze Los Angeles, which will host 70 galleries.

At Blum & Poe’s booth, Dave Muller will create a site-specific mural, titled “Oh Hollywood.” David Kordansky will have a solo presentation of Kathryn Andrews, whose works feature film props and sleek surfaces, a hybrid of Pop art and minimalism. Landscapes and cityscapes of California by 98-year-old Wayne Thiebaud, as well as his iconic pastry images, will be the focus of New York’s Acquavella Galleries, with prices ranging from $350,000 to $5 million. Deitch will present abstract works by Judy Chicago, painted during her L.A. sojourn. Hauser & Wirth will stage the U.S. debut of “Unisex Love Nest,” a 1999 installation by Mike Kelley, a South Pasadena-based artist who died in 2012. The asking price is $1.8 million.

At Felix, 41 galleries will present paintings, sculptures and video art in hotel rooms and around the Hockney pool. The setting draws inspiration from an earlier era of art fairs: in 1994, the Armory Show took place at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York and the Chateau Marmont in L.A.

“It was amazing,” Valentine said, recalling works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Thomas Schutte. “You walked from room to room, bumped into other collectors in the hallways and then had a drink at the bar.”

Some say that sense of discovery, fun and intimacy is largely absent from the relentless art fair circuit these days.

“It’s become this mega shopping experience,” Valentine said. “I find it hard to get into.” Felix is an attempt “to replicate the things that are missing from the art world,” he said. “More intimate, conversational and fun. Less hyper-capitalistic.”


More details about Felix are provided by The Hollywood Reporter's Laura van Straaten:
Felix joins two established L.A. fairs, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (now in its 10th year) and stARTup (hosting its fourth L.A. fair), as well as heavy-hitting newcomer Frieze, the influential London-based fair that is seen as the linchpin of what is sure to be the city's most robust arts week ever (all four fairs wrap on Feb. 17).

Valentine, a board member of the Hammer Museum, says the choice of the hotel format is meant to evoke the storied but short-lived Gramercy International Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont in the mid-1990s, considered by some gallerists and collectors to be a key inflection point in L.A.'s emergence as an art city. The Roosevelt also has its own associations: It was the site of the first Academy Awards in 1929. And many rooms, including those being put to use by Felix, overlook the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater. Valentine hopes the varied spaces and presentations at the hotel will give visitors “the surprise of turning a corner” and finding an unexpected object, moment or connection with another art lover.

The name "Felix" came in part from one of Valentine's favorite cartoon characters, Felix the Cat; it's also a nod to a favorite painting, Paul Signac's seminal portrait of the 19th-century art critic and anarchist Felix Feneon. The allusion to anarchy may be apt because Felix is being produced somewhat on the fly, especially compared to Frieze, which has spent years laying a foundation for its expansion to Southern California and has a well-oiled, well-heeled and market-savvy operation (as well as majority owner Endeavor) behind its presentation of 60 galleries.


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Friday, December 28, 2018
3-DAY ARGENTO-DE PALMA SERIES JANUARY IN L.A.
A "VARIATION" ON THEIR ANNUAL GIALLO SERIES
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"We kick off 2019 with a variation on our yearly January Giallo series with three nights of Dario Argento/Brian De Palma Jan. 24-26 at the Egyptian Theatre," Cinematic Void posted on its Instagram page yesterday. The double feature series will pair up Suspiria / Carrie, Blow Out / Inferno, and Dressed To Kill / Tenebrae at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
THE YOUNG DE PALMA AT VALENCIA-CINEMA JOVE
JUNE 22-29, 8 EARLY FILMS, PLUS RECENT DOC, AS PART OF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Eight early Brian De Palma films make up a weeklong series at this year's International Film Festival of València-Cinema Jove, which runs June 22-29. In addition to the eight films, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's documentary De Palma will also be screened. The selected eight early De Palma features in the series are: Murder a la Mod, Greetings, Sisters, Phantom Of The Paradise, Obsession, Carrie, The Fury, and Dressed To Kill.

Posted by Geoff at 8:42 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:08 PM CDT
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
PARIS CINEMATHEQUE TEASES DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVE
LATE MAY/EARLY JUNE 2018
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La Cinémathèque in Paris put out a teaser on social media Friday by tweeting a slightly redacted email response from Brian De Palma. The email, with the subject, "Re: Scheduling", confirms that De Palma's Blow Out will screen at la Cinémathèque on May 31st, with Casualties Of War to follow on June 2nd. The fact that De Palma himself is confirming is a strong indication that he plans to be in attendance for each of these screenings. There is nothing about any of this yet on the actual Cinémathèque website.

Posted by Geoff at 11:09 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 11:11 PM CDT
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Saturday, February 10, 2018
DE PALMA TRIPLE FEATURE SUNDAY IN NEW YORK
PART OF QUAD SERIES, "CRIMES OF PASSION: THE EROTIC THRILLER"
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Quad Cinema in New York began a series February 2nd: "Crimes of Passion: The Erotic Thriller," which runs through February 16th. The whole thing comes to a head on Sunday afternoon with a fantastic Brian De Palma triple feature: Femme Fatale, Dressed To Kill, and Body Double. Earlier this week, The Village Voice's Abbey Bender posted an article titled, "In the Quad Cinema’s Series of Erotic Thrillers, Women Do as They Damn Well Please." Here's an excerpt:
“A complex series of seductions and murders — that’s not something you see a woman do.” This line, spoken early (by a man, of course) in Bob Rafelson’s Black Widow (1987) — which features Theresa Russell as a beautiful psychopath who marries wealthy magnates only to poison them — sets a clean template for erotic thrillers to work against. The often-maligned genre, which flourished in the ’80s and ’90s and functions as an intriguing amalgam of film noir, sexy music video, and pure id, is the subject of “Crimes of Passion: The Erotic Thriller,” a luxuriously sprawling 24-film series running this month at the Quad Cinema. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the rep house is bringing seduction and murder to the forefront. But it’s worth remembering, amid the enjoyable screen hysterics, that the erotic thriller would be nothing without its femmes fatales. To watch them rebuff the Black Widow line, again and again, is a reliable pleasure.

In addition to glossy genre icons like Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct (1992) and Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction (1987), the Quad’s program also offers up some films that haven’t traditionally been described as erotic thrillers. But even more surprisingly, while surveying the canvas of titles on display, is the second connective thread that emerges: “Crimes of Passion” is, in a sense, a short seminar on the femme fatale. The stock character, as old as cinema itself, endures for a reason: Within a society that expects women to be docile, passive figures, the spectacle of a woman behaving badly ignites both lust and a perverse wish fulfillment. It’s a nuanced appeal that reaches beyond the male gaze.

Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder’s 1944 noir classic, is the oldest work in the series; Barbara Stanwyck’s portrayal, in that movie, of a married woman who seduces an insurance salesman into a murderous scheme stands as a template for the genre. Her deviousness would be scandalous in any era. She’s also an obvious inspiration for Kathleen Turner’s character in Body Heat (1981), an early pioneer in heaping horniness onto the handsome noir template and beginning to codify the erotic thriller as a newly steamy genre of its own.

The genre also owes a debt to Alfred Hitchcock. Vertigo (1958), with Kim Novak as a provocative woman who takes on two distinct identities, is one of the great cinematic examples of femininity spiraling into something confusing and sinister. And a particularly ardent Hitchcock follower, Brian De Palma, may well be the auteur of the erotic thriller. With three films, he’s the most-represented director in the series; each of them — Dressed to Kill (1980), Body Double (1984), Femme Fatale (2002) — prominently features crime, plot twists, and babely blondes. It takes some moxie to literally title an erotic thriller “femme fatale,” but De Palma’s the rare director who could actually pull it off. Though he has long had charges of sexism leveled against him, the women in his films project power and know how to use their sexuality to influence those around them. Femme Fatale doesn’t just gawk at its model-turned-actress star, Rebecca Romijn. It builds a head-spinning world of double crosses around her — and, ultimately, gives her the last laugh.


Posted by Geoff at 9:53 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:57 PM CST
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Monday, September 25, 2017
COMPLETE DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVE
AT 35TH TORINO FILM FESTIVAL, NOV 24 - DEC 2, 2017


This year's Torino Film Festival will feature a complete Brian De Palma retrospective, the festival announced Friday. And by complete, they mean complete: "For the first time ever in Italy," states the press release, "the festival will organize a screening of all the works by the great American director; not just his feature films but his short films, documentaries and video clips in their original version, with subtitles."

The Torino Fest site adds, "From his early works in the sixties to the masterpieces that made him one of the key directors of contemporary cinema, Emanuela Martini (curator of the retrospective and the director of the Turin Film Festival) will lead us to a rediscovery of the author that has had a fundamental influence on Cinema history." The 35th Torino Film Festival, which is held in Turin, Italy, will run November 24th through December 2nd.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
DE PALMA FILM SERIES IN LONDON EARLY 2017
BEER & PIZZA NIGHTS, SOME FRIDAYS, SOME SATURDAYS, AT THE PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA

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Monday, July 18, 2016
6 OR 7 DE PALMA FILMS IN MONTREAL JULY 15-28
(GIVE OR TAKE A SCARFACE, PLUS THE 'DE PALMA' DOC)


Scarface must be a late addition to the "Brian De Palma x 6" celebration now happening at Montréal's Cinéma du Parc, which appears to include seven De Palma films. The series, which began Friday, continues through July 28th, and is being held in conjunction with regular screenings of the documentary, De Palma. The six films included in the "De Palma x 6" are Blow Out, Carrie, Dressed To Kill, Phantom Of The Paradise, Obsession, and Carlito's Way.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
DE PALMA WEEK AT PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
JUNE 13 - 16, 'CARRIE', 'SCARFACE', 'DRESSED TO KILL', 'DE PALMA'


Add Phoenix to the list of cities hosting De Palma retrospectives of some sort in June (New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Seattle). The Phoenix Film Festival will present De Palma week next week, running June 13-16. For the third De Palma film in the series, the festival let the public vote between Dressed To Kill and Carlito's Way. The former won the vote, and will screen on Wednesday, June 15. The other two De Palma films are Carrie (June 13) and Scarface (June 14). Then, on Thursday June 16, the fest will screen the documentary De Palma, but the only way to get tickets is to win them (tickets for each of the other films are available to purchase). Go to Phoenix Film Festival for more details. Also, each film (even the free one) will be followed by a discussion.

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