In the enthralling Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances as Jack, a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of Sally (Nancy Allen), a possible eyewitness to the crime who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on the act of moviemaking. –The Criterion Collection
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.
Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.
At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as Bridge That Gap (1965). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom… read more
Here's my theory about who was really behind the assassination: the Church of Scientology. Why? They set the whole thing up so Jack would plunge into darkness and despair and turn to them for salvation. Okay, in all seriousness, this is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful movie. The first time I watched it I was just riveted to my seat with suspense and emotion, but watching it this time I realized just how layered De Palma's direction is. Not just his compositions, but his use of sound, the editing, it's all perfect. Not a single thing is out of place. Few movies can lay claim to that honor.
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(Note: The is a paper written for a class on the films of Brian De Palma. It is written with the assumption that the reader has already seen the film and it MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. Enjoy!)
I think… read review
Blow Out is one of the most masterful and well-crafted mystery and suspense film that I have ever seen in my whole life. Think of some films that inspired this movie like Blow… read review
I feel pretty safe in saying that paranoia thrillers are my favorite breed of film. I also feel safe in saying that there when it comes to great entries into this subgenre, I can count them on two… read review