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Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2002 7:27 pm
by somegreatmovies
Mission to Mars
Carlito's Way
Casualties of War
The Untouchables
Blow Out
Dressed to Kill
The Fury
Carrie
Hi, Mom!
Greetings

...except for the first choice, nothing too controverisial, I think

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2002 8:21 pm
by john-5
Phantom of the Paradise has something of a cult following and many consider it one of his best-though i'm not overkeen,i must admit.Though i like several of the films-The Untouchables,Carrie,Carlito's Way..-i'm not convinced De Palma belongs with the great directors.

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2002 1:48 am
by katsuben
To me, the thing about De Palam is you can put a dodgy film like Bonfire of the Vanities (which is not without some redeeming pleasures) in his list and it sits quite comfortably with the others. However, I've not had a good look at his stuff for quite some time.

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2002 12:23 am
by surak2
My favorite - even over Carrie - is Body Double, it is exquisetly shot, the lead actor Craig Wasson is terrific and very funny and then there's Melanie Griffith's first big role. The brutal murder scene was meant as a joke, a riff on the 'violence against women in horror films' talk show yammering of the time. Watch the one big murder scene and tell me how it is possible to take it as anything but a burlesque. And the studio made him edit it anyway! It's a decent mystery, a biting social commentary, it has two great performances, that shimmery Pino Donaggio music and lots of sex, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood even makes a guest apperance. Did anyone else hear the rumor that DePalma was so interested in the porn business he went on to direct the hardcore movies NightDreams and Cafe Flesh under a psuedonym? They were certainly not the usual adult films of the time. Look at the scene in Body Double where Holly Body -Melanie Griffith - shoots her movie see if it doesn't have the same surreal atmosphere of those two films. Just a thought.

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2002 5:19 am
by Ockien
I do not think that he is that good of a director, my brother has liked only one film of his and that would be Untouchables as for the rest they are untouchable.

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2002 5:15 am
by iceomat
I just watched his '73 film Sisters. I thought it was very well done. Now I know Carrie wasn't his first attempt at the split-screen technique. Of course Raising Cain is so bad it cancels this movie out!

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2002 3:40 am
by bigpoppa_2059
I love the fact that De Palma used the split-screen not to show different people on phones talkinh to each other or whateverm but just to show different perspectives. Two people talking to each other in the same room with split-screen adds to the effectiveness I feel.

And also, does anyone else agree that "Blow Out" is like the most underrated film ever?

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2002 7:33 am
by TylerDurden
I'm a huge fan of Phantom of the Paradise. I've only seen 5 or 6 De Palma films, but Phantom is easily my favorite.

Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2002 3:58 pm
by admin-2
Jeez...I can't believe I'm doing this...in order:

1/ BLOW OUT
2/ SISTERS
3/ THE FURY
4/ THE UNTOUCHABLES
5/ CARRIE
6/ THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
7/ HI MOM!
8/ DRESSED TO KILL
9/ OBSESSION
10/ THE WEDDING PARTY


Re: Great Directors' 10 best films:De Palma

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2002 2:05 pm
by katsuben
By the way, I'm sure you all know this but an excellent (intelligent) forum for Brian De Palma exists at:

wee.briandepalma.net

I have to hop to it and see some of his 70s films.