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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:18 am

Thanks for posting the Zsigmond interview, Sharky!
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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:32 am

That De Palma doc sounds like fun. I remember some genius in this forum suggesting Carrie was the best film of the 1970s.

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At 75, well past the point of worrying about his reputation, De Palma offers quite a bit of gossip as he recalls his résumé. Orson Welles couldn’t remember his lines on Get to Know Your Rabbit, De Palma’s first attempt to make a studio movie. Cliff Robertson was an impossible, egotistical jerk on Obsession, to the point of trying to sabotage Geneviève Bujold’s performance. Even though De Palma discovered Robert De Niro, the actor still squeezed him for a huge salary on The Untouchables (and, like Welles, also had difficulty in remembering his lines). Sean Penn felt Michael J Fox needed a little extra help getting angry while shooting Casualties of War, so he insulted him by whispering “television actor” in his ear. He also shoved him to the ground. De Palma was pleased with the result. The best, though, is the diss he pours over everyone who has tried to make a version of Carrie since his. “It’s great to see others do it wrong.”

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/01/de-palma-documentary-review-noah-baumbach-jake-paltrow
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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:00 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Here's part of the Baumbach/De Palma interview that supplements Criterion's DRESSED TO KILL.


I caught a screening of BLOW OUT back in 2011 and Baumbach introduced it. Interesting guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:46 pm

Aw yea

http://www.indiewire.com/article/brian-de-palma-is-dressed-to-kill-again-with-new-action-thriller-lights-out-20151109

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Brian De Palma, the legendary director known for gangster movies like "Scarface," "The Untouchables" and "Carlito's Way," is set to return to the big screen with the action-thriller "Lights Out." The filmmaker was recently awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He's also the subject of a new documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, which A24 will release theatrically next year.

"Lights Out" tells the story of Lin Shen, a blind Chinese girl who gets caught up in a conspiracy to expose a top-secret assassination program. The movie will be the first joint venture of Arclight Films and Huace Media under the name Aurora Alliance Films.

The plot synopsis sits well with the mission De Palma has taken in the past few years. Once a filmmaker that some critics referred to as a "misogynist," he's now trying to skew his perspective to align more with feminist agendas. He tried and somewhat missed with his last film "Passion," so we'll have to wait and see how this time pans out.

"We’re excited and honored to be working with one of the great living film directors, Brian De Palma, on 'Lights Out,'" said Ying Ye, Managing Director of Aurora Alliance Films. "De Palma is a proven master of suspense; in the hands of the legendary director, 'Lights Out' promises to be a thriller for the ages, full of empowering messages, harrowing plot turns and great action sequences."

Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.


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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:18 pm

Michelle Yeoh, anyone?
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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:52 pm

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Michelle Yeoh, anyone?

Yeoh's Malaysian. Hard to think of an A-list Chinese actress who's known in the West now - all the Four Dans are getting on a bit.

Besides, hardly any of De Palma's announced projects get made. He's not bankable and doesn't seem bothered. Plus he's on record as thinking his best work's behind him. Certainly Passion was a disappointment, critically and financially.
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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:57 pm

Ah, thought she was half Malaysian, half Chinese… Probably pushing it a bit in age anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Brian De Palma: auteur or charlatan?    Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:54 pm

I was wondering what happened to that Joe Paterno project with Al Pacino. Guess I missed this news: http://deadline.com/2014/09/joe-paterno-movie-suspended-hbo-happy-valley-al-pacino-brian-de-palma-836931/

"Suspended" as in dead.
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