Thursday, September 15, 2016

De Palma (2015)

Director(s): Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow. 107 min. Rated R. Documentary.

By listening to interviews, I've always thought of Brian De Palma, one of the five directors who re-defined Hollywood in the 70s and brought us some eternally memorable movie moments, as an arrogant and somewhat angry person. This documentary, with its stationary camera giving him a towering, God-like presence, confirmed that feeling, and his unnecessary bad-mouthing of colleagues such as Oliver Stone or Sydney Lumet could be considered unprofessional. Still, as a walking history book, he's honest about his inspirations, and listening to his occasionally funny directing experiences makes this a must-see - especially if you've seen most of his films.

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