Jake comes home to find his girlfriend with another man and has to find a new place. In between his acting workshops and his job in a vampire B-movie, he scans the paper looking for anything. He happens to meet a fellow actor who needs a house sitter. Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have Jake staying in the house and for a sweetener, Frank shows him his ‘favorite neighbor’, a well built woman who strips with her window open each night. Jake becomes obsessed with meeting her and is able to help recover her purse from a thief, but shows his own phobia, he is incapacitated by claustrophobia when the thief runs through a tunnel. When Jake witnesses a murder, he finds out that the police love to pin crimes on peeping Toms. Jake discovers that here are just too many coincidences but must hunt them down himself without the police. –IMDb
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
Weird movie, but I think De Palma knows what he is doing here even when on the surface it sometimes seems "bad." Consider the last shot: we have the cutaway to the body double tits, which themselves are obviously fake bursting with silicone. It's like fake on top of fake. META!
I don’t know De Palma’s feelings on Hitch, so I still don’t get if it is a satire or a homage. However, Body Double is electrifying and delightfully comic– specially Griffith’s role, a famous porn star who do not do animal acts or S&M or shave her pussy or fistfucking or face-cumming and who considers voyeurism an abominable *perversion*. She on necrophilia: “Unconscious is good, but dead is better, right?”. Ha!
De Palma brilliantly takes the centerpiece moment of Vertigo - the camera spinning around Scotty during the kiss as he connects the two women - and places it in a porno/movie-within-a-movie, itself an 80's-inspired music video of relax, this time with the pair having sex instead of just an impassioned kiss. Its nuts, awesome, and I can't get enough of it.
(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!)
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Encore un film que je constate avec plaisir (ou effroi, ma mémoire vacille) que je connaissais en fait au moins la grosse première moitié, mais dont je ne me souvenais plus du tout de la fin.
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