De Palma

2015

Action / Biography / Documentary

16
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 3309

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Reviewed by moonspinner55 8 / 10

Absolutely essential viewing for anyone who loves film, film technique and the process of film creation

Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow co-produced and co-directed this sit-down interview with filmmaker Brian De Palma, using clips of the movies he has been inspired by and key sequences of De Palma's own pictures to illustrate his colorful, amusing, often fascinating stories of film technique, on-set difficulties and, the always dicey, hindsight regrets: what-worked-and-what-didn't. Raised in Philadelphia, the youngest of three boys born to an absentee surgeon father, De Palma was a science nerd at Columbia University before enrolling in the Sarah Lawrence College drama department, where he honed his technique, began shooting short films, and eventually made his first full-length feature, "The Wedding Party" featuring a young Robert De Niro (with whom De Palma would work again with several times). Universal paid for De Palma's tuition and put him into their New Talent program, but never used any of his submissions, so De Palma went rogue and filmed "Greetings" in New York City, followed by "Hi, Mom!" which won him a modicum of success and a repertoire of actor friends. This is only the beginning for the De Palma that soon followed, the movie auteur who became close pals with Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola and Scorsese, the mastermind behind smooth, erotic thrillers such as "Dressed to Kill", violent crime epics such as "Scarface" and "The Untouchables" and the big-budget action-adventure "Mission: Impossible", De Palma's first blockbuster. Not especially a raconteur, De Palma nevertheless looks back at his cinematic output with bemusement, telling wonderful stories of working with De Niro, Sean Connery, John Cassavetes, Cliff Robertson, composer Bernard Herrmann, Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox. He doesn't go in for gossip (very little about his two marriages), nor does he linger on the criticisms he's received over his Hitchcock allusions. However, any young filmmaker or movie buff will be intrigued by the constant struggles he's had to see his vision through, about standing up to producers and studio heads and writers who all want his film to reflect their views. It's a tantalizing 110 minutes. ***1/2 from ****

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 8 / 10

Nice career retrospective

DE PALMA is a nice interview/career retrospective for director Brian De Palma, a Hollywood talent who has been making short films since the 1960s. I'm a big De Palma fan and have been for many years, so watching this documentary was a real treat for me. It's simple, unfussy, and unhurried stuff, presenting De Palma as he sits in front of a fireplace and talks about his films from his early shorts through to his recent efforts. Many clips from the movies are used to illustrate his points, but other than that it's straightforward, anecdotal, and thoroughly engaging.

Reviewed by runamokprods 8 / 10

Simple, honest, insightful and extremely entertaining

For those with in interest in De Palma's films and long career, or just cinema in general, this is a highly entertaining and informative visit with one of the most interesting, controversial and eclectic American film makers of the last 50 years.

The form couldn't be simpler. Just Brian De Palma sitting in a chair telling stories about each of his films in chronological order, from his first shorts in the mid 1960s to "Passion" in 2013 – an amazing span of almost 50 years. His comments are interspersed with well chosen clips from his own work, and – when he makes a reference – those of other film-makers as well.

What makes this form work so well is that De Palma is a terrific interview subject. He's funny, thoughtful, insightful, and sometimes very entertainingly snarky. He is also tremendously honest. He saves many of his toughest criticisms for himself, analyzing with surgical precision why certain of his films could have been better, and his part in those lapses. Very few directors are willing to talk at length about choices and moments they regret, usually choosing only to blame others for artistic goals falling short. But by acknowledging his own choices that didn't work out he makes himself very human, empathetic and trustworthy as a subject. He's not interested in self-glorification as much as he is in sharing a lifetime of wisdom won by mostly hard experience (few of De Palma's films got the support and attention they deserved at the time of their release – some, like 'Scarface' only became iconic years later). And he also talks with a touching wistfulness about those films he is truly proud of that never got the support – critical, commercial or both – that they deserved.

Overall you end up with a real sense of what it's like to be tremendously talented, protean, rule-breaking film-maker over 50 years – the ridiculous highs and lows, the multiple struggles, hard times and occasional triumphs of a high-profile artistic life in the weirdness that is the American film scene.

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