Vietnam vet John Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwhich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, ‘Peeping Tom’ style, the people in the apartment across the street.
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"You see that cleavage? Huh? Where are you gonna get that? You don't get that in a Fellini film!" 2 different things going on here, first a comical, voyeuristic look at voyeurism, with De Palma's camera on De Niro's camera filming other people in their windows, some of whom are also making home movies; then the film morphs into a Godardian political farce. De Niro is good, but I just love Allen Garfield :-)
Would make a nice double feature with DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY or a Peter Watkins movie. I wish De Palma (or De Niro for that matter) still made wild movies like this. A film of its time in the best sense. The hand held camera section of the "Be Black Baby'' play is really amazing.
Before turning into a suspense auteur, Brian DePalma directed this subversive little film, heavily inspired by the vanguardist french nouvelle vague. A sequel of "greetings" in which he let DeNiro run the show with amazingly funny results.