Hi - My first De Palma film was The Untouchables which I bought on VHS back in my teens. I was frankly blown away at how visually stylish it was and the Station/Pram set-piece telling the story visually without dialogue was breathtaking compared to other blockbusters of its day. Since then I've been raiding De Palma's back catalogue and catching his films when I can at the cinema & dvd. I'm very much looking forward to seeing Passion, which I am hoping will be out soon in the UK. I've seen most of De Palma's films except for some of his earlier independently made ones (Murder a la Mod, the Wedding Party, Home Movies & Get to Know Your Rabbit) but it's De Palma's tricksy thrillers and epic crime drama's that I find most interesting.
Post by frankhabets on Jun 23, 2013 5:59:58 GMT -5
My first DePalma was Phantom of the Paradise on the big screen on its first release. Then everyone of his subsequent films on opening night (with a few exceptions). So, obviously, I've been a DePalmaphile from day one.
Post by splitdiopter on Aug 24, 2013 20:48:53 GMT -5
The first De Palma film I saw was The Untouchables, on video in the late 90s. At the time I had recently watched The Godfather series and was hungry for other gangster movies. Soon after that, I also watched Carlito's Way then Scarface.
It wasn't until around 2005/6 that I saw more. By then, I was living close to a DVD rental place with a great selection, including most of De Palma's movies. I watched Blow Out and Body Double, and I was hooked. I then worked my way through all the other De Palma DVDs they had.
The Black Dahlia wasn't released in cinemas where I live, and I can remember impatiently waiting for the DVD to be released in 2007. I wasn't disappointed; it became one of my favourite De Palma movies, and is probably the one I've rewatched the most.
Passion is due to be released here this coming week. Can't wait to see it.
My brother took me as an 8 year old boy to Phantom of the Paradise. I was terrified during most of it, not understanding the satire of it. I loved the music though and we went a dozen more times. And so began a 40 year admiration of a true maverick film maker.