Underwhelming, speaking as someone who grew up watching his parents' bootleg copies of Carrie, Dressed to Kill, and Blow-Out. Most interesting bits are in the first third: watching his surgeon father work in bloody operating rooms, father's infidelity and his subsequent stalking/surveillance of him, early experiments at Cinema 16 and Sarah Lawrence, activist elements in films made in the late 1960s, etc.
eu gosto de ouvir o De Palma falar, como fala e o que diz, pelo que seria injusto dizer que me valeria a isto a wikipédia, mas qual é? passam pela sua filmografia inteira em menos de hora e cinquenta, que poderia alguém esperar se não esta lista a traçar de vistos? faz falta uma conversa sem restrição de tempo, a tocar matérias mais interessantes, alguém o faça, o homem já tem setenta e sete anos
With "De Palma" Baumbach and Paltrow manage to create one of the most entertaining and compelling documentaries of the year. Brian De Palma himself walks us through an in depth look at his life and career. De Palma is never anything but truthful and candid throughout this documentary and it is fascinating to see him look back at his career. This is a must see for any movie buff!
Brian De Palma hace un repaso de su filmografía contando sabrosas anécdotas (Mi favorita: Bernard Herrmann horrorizado al ver el pre-montaje de Sisters con música de Psycho) y reflexionando sobre su complicada relación con los estudios, la crítica, el éxito y el fracaso. Un documental muy entretenido y sencillo al mismo tiempo.
An issue with format/directors perhaps? Imagine a TV series with De Palma spending 25 mins on each film in detail. Given that I pretty much want a version of this for all directors it's a shame it falls so flat... No score, no surprises, I enjoyed some anecdotes but overall a little perfunctory.
A superb gateway into De Palma's influence on American cinema. From his love of Godardian radicalism to Hitchcock's deconstruction of dysfunctional male voyeurism, De Palma's craft was rooted in film history and the pragmatic nous of camera operating. He did not merely create a pastiche or an homage to past auteurs, he reinvented their oeuvre in a post-modern US in flux. Many of his films deserve revisionist acclaim.
Well done and makes me want to pay more attn to Baumbach. The particular magic for me (unrelated to the dirs.) was DePalma's EYES... as he recalls the films you can watch his eyes move to a different register. Also I learned two things; (1) Kael blazed the trail for critical appreciation, (2) DePalma sees himself as the principal artistic descendant of Hitchcock.