Edgar Wright once said “I have heard people call themselves Brian De Palma apologists. I am proud to say that I am a huge fan without any caveats.” I’m right there with you Edgar. (I even made a mockup De Palma fansite for a web design class years ago)
De Palma’s name may not register on everyone’s radar, but you’ve definitely seen his work. Carrie, Scarface, Mission Impossible, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, Carlito’s Way, and countless others.
Even though De Palma’s name is often uttered alongside the likes of Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas, many still consider him to be more of a cult-director. His films aren’t for everybody. They’re highly stylized, heavily visually orientated, and often have a Hitchcockian/Argento vibe. A24 have just released a trailer for a documentary on the man’s work, simply titled, De Palma. The film is directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, close friends of De Palma, and lifelong fans of his work.
The documentary features an extensive interview with the filmmaker where he discusses his career and filmmaking process. You can check out the trailer below.
Baumbach has interviewed De Palma before for the criterion collection, where he discussed his 1980 slasher film, Dressed to Kill, linked below.
Baumbach and Paltrow discussed the production of their documentary at the New York Film Festival last September, which you can watch here.
And if you’re interested, my favourite interview with the De Palma was conducted by Mark Cousins in the late ‘90’s for Scene by Scene, where De Palma discussed Snake Eyes, and his career up to that point. That video is no longer on YouTube unfortunately, but you can find it here.
My favourite film of De Palma’s is Blow Out, starring John Travolta. Recommended viewing.
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