Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters’ insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, De Palma’s first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. —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
The birthday cake - split screen sequence is a stroke of genius. The overall movie may be a bit TOO Hitchcocky (it uses Rear Window and Psycho mostly as inspirations, but they border on crutches in the middle act), yet Sisters still has enough visual inventiveness, energy, and dark humor - not to mention some original ideas in its final act - to stand on its own.
Yes, Hitchcock's influence is all over this thing, but it's got enough of an impish energy and a focus on hot-button issues of the day (Racism, Feminism and Class, Media and the Cult of Celebrity) that it deserves credit for its own identity. Plus, it's FUNNY. (The reality show in the opening scene, Peeping Toms, might have seemed like broad satire in '73. Now, it plays like prophecy of a sort)
A kaleidoscopic, wide-ranging compilation of soundtrack music by the unique composer.
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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!)
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When Alfred Hitchcock was still alive during the 1970’s, a young indendepent filmmaker named Brain De Palma directed a fantastic-made low-budget cult horror mystery classic in tradition of Hitchcock… read review