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Brian De Palma

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    20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

    In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible e...

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    Watch: 8-Minute Supercut Celebrates The Evolution Of The Dolly Zoom

    While contemporary directors have no shortage of visual tricks and effects to use when putting their movies together, one of the oldest in the book requires nothing more than a camera and a set of wheels. You may not know it by name, but the dolly zoom is an effect that keeps the subject of the shot...

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    Watch: All 15 Split Diopter Shots in Brian DePalma's 'Blow Out'

    Brian DePalma was one of the first American directors to experiment with a split focus diopter. Vashi Nedomansky wrote about the director's use of the split focus diopter, specifically in "Blow Out." He created a video which features all 15 split diopter shots in the film.

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    Brian De Palma To Direct Meta-Adaptation Of 'Therese Raquin' Starring Emily Mortimer

    No matter what you thought about Brian De Palma's "Passion," it can't be denied that it found the filmmaker firmly back in his wheelhouse of erotically charged melodrama. And it looks like he isn't going to veer too far away from that subject matter just yet, only this time, it will happen on a movi...

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    Stream This: 'Tapeheads,' 'Bad Milo!,' 'Boy A' & More On VOD This Week

    Happy Labor Day weekend, stream fans! Summer may be drawing to an official close, but there's nothing withering about the content we're highlighting for you this week. With "Passion" out in theaters today, we'd like to give Brian De Palma a high five: over forty years of filmmaking, and the director...

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    This Weekend: Eclectic Bag with Docs 'Our Nixon' and Spurlock's 'One Direction: This Is Us,' Drafthouse's 'I Declare War'

    As the fall festival circuit gets underway, an eclectic mix of films hit theaters this weekend. The critical winner is Penny Lane's documentary "Our Nixon," which pieces together Super 8 footage taken by Richard Nixon's White House aides during his presidency.

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    DVD Is The New Vinyl: Famous Pimps, Infamous Early Fassbinder & 'Q: The Winged Serpent'

    “Truthfully, DVD is not the new vinyl," a reader recently confronted me, arguing that the beloved analog qualities of records (the richer, warmer recording; that nostalgic hiss and crackle) are fetishized in ways that most movies on digital discs are not. Sure, the latter may be closer in spirit to ...

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    Five 2013 Indie Remakes And How They Measure Up To The Originals

    This year has seen the release of what feels like an unusually large number of remakes of indie/foreign films, and this week sees another—Brian de Palma's "Passion" (read our review here) which is a remake of French film "Love Crime" ("Crime D'Amour"). While traditionally remakes of lower-budget eff...

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    Retrospective: The Films of Brian De Palma

    Few film directors are as polarizing as Brian De Palma, whose new film, the already argued-over "Passion," opens this week (read our review from Venice here). Hailed by some as an American visionary and a modern master of suspense, capable of gorgeously realized visual feats, De Palma is derided by ...

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