Coming up as part of the American New Wave of filmmakers Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg, and Lucas, Brian De Palma has delivered some of the most stylish guilty pleasures committed to celluloid since the 1970s. While he never garnered the huge fan bases of many of his contemporaries and has never been nominated for a best director Oscar, he is a filmmaker revered by his peers, with Quentin Tarantino hailing him as the greatest American filmmaker alive today. With De Palma, directors Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, Mistress America) and Jake Paltrow (Boardwalk Empire) allow De Palma to speak candidly about his career, exploring his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the Hollywood system. De Palma offers compelling insights into all of his movies, from his debut Carrie (which will also be screening as part of SUFF 2016), through to Scarface, The Untouchables, Blow Out and beyond. The film is also bursting great clips: from Hitchcock, Antonioni, Godard and Truffaut - but mostly, of course, De Palma's own, making this illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary required viewing for cinephiles of all ages.
Dir: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | 2015 | USA | 107mins | Australian Premiere
“When it comes to aesthetic insights from one of Hollywood’s most cerebral masters of technique, De Palma is a blue-chip masterclass that will be required viewing for film students and cinephiles.”
“With indie-film admirers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow at the helm, De Palma holds forth with bracing candor on his hits, his misses and his excursions in excess.”
Venice Film Festival 2015
New York Film Festival 2015
Hot Docs Film Festival 2015
Seattle International Film Festival 2015