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De Palma (2015)De Palma (2015)

De Palma (2015)

A singular documentary on iconic director Brian De Palma through his own lens

Documentary, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.7

movie

United States of America

English

Easy, Instructive, Sunday

2015

Jake Paltrow, Noah Baumbach

Brian De Palma

108 min

Synopsis

An intimate conversation between filmmakers, chronicling De Palma’s 55-year career, his life, and his filmmaking process, with revealing anecdotes and, of course, a wealth of film clips.

Our Take

8.7
Jenna Gordon

This autobiographical documentary covering the span of Brian DePalma’s 50+ year filmmaking career is taken from the man himself. From budget-less independent films to multi-million dollar box-office projects, he offers a fascinating professional history. But don’t expect critical analysis of his frequently controversial choices (such as the infamous oversized drill used as a murder weapon in Body Double)—he will acknowledge the existence of these issues, if only to grin and shrug them off, at times literally. What you can expect is to feel you are taken by the hand through Hollywood filmmaking experiences over the course of decades: negotiations, rewrites, stolen scripts, scuffling actors; tours of technical points of interest from his movies with commentary on deftly chosen film clips. You don’t have to be a fan to get a wealth of entertainment here. Not to be missed.

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