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Brian de Palma: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)

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Brian De Palma (b. 1940) isn't your average Hollywood director.

For years he reigned as the master of the macabre, the man who massacred the class of '76 in Carrie and stalked Angie Dickinson in Dressed to Kill. By the mid-1980s De Palma found himself assaulting his audience and critics, daring them to watch a chainsaw enter a man's skull in Scarface and a power drill disembowel a defenseless woman in Body Double.

What drove De Palma to such extremes? In the late 1960s, he wanted to be the next Jean-Luc Godard and revolutionize American cinema. Instead, he found himself ostracized when Warner Bros. removed him from Get to Know Your Rabbit, his first Hollywood feature. De Palma sought the refuge of Alfred Hitchcock until the late 1970s (Sisters, Obsession), when his surreal approach to horror became a genre unto itself (Carrie, The Fury, Dressed to Kill). Ironically, just as De Palma achieved the success that his fellow Movie Brats George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg had enjoyed since the mid-1970s, he could not hide his resentment toward Hollywood. After battling with the MPAA in the 1980s, he gradually became part of the mainstream with the success of The Untouchables and Mission: Impossible, although he never suppressed his desire to make audiences aware of his camera-eye and his dark, penetrating worldview.

Brian De Palma: Interviews follows De Palma's fortunes as he makes the difficult transition from underground filmmaker to celebrity auteur. In profiles and q&a interviews, he emerges as a fascinating figure of excess and ambivalence. De Palma is not afraid to share his opinions about censorship, violence, feminism, American culture, and the fate of cinema in the twenty-first century.

Laurence F. Knapp, an instructor of film studies at Northwestern University, is the author of Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Synopsis:

Profiles and q and a interviews which follow De Palma's fortunes as he makes the transition from underground filmmaker to celebrity auteur

Synopsis:

Filmography: p. [xix]-xxxii.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

Laurence F. Knapp, an instructor of film studies at Northwestern University, is the author of Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781578065165
Editor:
Knapp, Laurence F.
Author:
de Palma, Brian
Editor:
Knapp, Laurence F.
Author:
Knapp, Laurence F.
Author:
De Palma, Brian
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Location:
Jackson
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
De Palma, Brian
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Series Volume:
133
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
197
Dimensions:
9.12x6.50x.71 in. .81 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Directors
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Production » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Production » General
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts

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Product details 197 pages University Press of Mississippi - English 9781578065165 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Profiles and q and a interviews which follow De Palma's fortunes as he makes the transition from underground filmmaker to celebrity auteur
"Synopsis" by , Filmography: p. [xix]-xxxii.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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