In his forty-year long career, director Brian De Palma has made some of the most daring, visually striking American films this side of Hollywood, including “Carrie,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “Carlito’s Way,” and many, many more. Known for his Hitchcock obsession and distinct style – involving split diopters, choreographed tracking shots, and split screens – De Palma has drawn controversy over the years for the graphic violence and lurid subject matter in his films. However, many of his films have been rediscovered by audiences and reappraised by critics years after their initial release. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s new documentary “De Palma” dives deep into the legendary director’s work through in-depth interviews with the director himself. Watch the first trailer above.
“De Palma” first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and then the New York Film Festival a few weeks later. Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “The Squid and the Whale”) and Paltrow (“Young Ones”) almost exclusively focus on the director’s large body of work and eschew more traditional talking head-style documentary tropes by only featuring De Palma and his voice. De Palma speaks articulately and thoroughly about his own career, providing choice on-set anecdotes and the various production difficulties he has had to contend with over the years.
“De Palma” is set to enter limited release on June 10th.