Brian De Palma: Interviews
Brian De PalmaISBN: 157806516X;
Although he will probably forever be most closely associated with the horror movies Carrie and The Fury, which put him on Hollywood's map, DePalma started out as a Godard-wanna-be in Greetings and Hi Mom, low-budget, politically conscious films starring a young Robert DeNiro, and has since directed everything from by-the-numbers blockbusters (Mission: Impossible) to bloated gangster flicks (Scarface, The Untouchables). Despite his eclecticism, he remains tainted by his reputation for violent misogyny (he cast his then-wife, Nancy Allen, as a prostitute in three consecutive films), the blatant Hitchcock rip-offs that characterized his early work, and the notorious megaflop Bonfire of the Vanities, which derailed his career in the early '90s. These 19 interviews, drawn from major publications such as the New York Times and Esquire, specialty film publications, and even Web sites, don't shy away from the controversies surrounding DePalma's work. By turns evasive and confessional, the...
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