Saturday, July 2, 2016

De Palma

De Palma is an interesting doc, as it doesn't follow anyone, it is a sit down with Brian De Palma and him discussing his career. He goes throught the low budget days of Murder a la Mod, Greetings, The Wedding Party, HI Mom & Get to Know Your Rabbit, his auteur days with Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise, Obsession, Carrie, The Fury, Home Movies & Dressed to Kill. He goes into troubles with budgets, locations, screen writers, rating boards, PC groups & studios with Blow Out, Scarface, Mission Impossible,  and everything in between. He is super likable, a tad self sure but modest about his films detractors. He goes into relationships with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, David Koepp & Bernard Herrmann. It is great for aspiring film makers to see, as it gives us hope, fuck being liked, do your own thing. He knows his stuff, his love of Alfred Hitchcock is amazing, his thoughts on Scarface's hip hop influence is funny & the stories he tells about the making of films, especially Sean Penn & De Niro(Casualties of War & Untouchables respectively)  are interesting. Studios will interfere, critics will hate, box office will be poor, actors will give shitty performances, but keep on trucking.

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