Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s new documentary “De Palma” sets its sights on the legendary director’s career by putting the spotlight solely on him. The film features Brian De Palma himself sitting in front of a fireplace as he discusses his decades-long career, 29 feature films, and his multiple projects that never got off the ground. “De Palma” premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and then later at last year’s New York Film Festival, but A24 will finally give it a theatrical release on June 10th. Check out the poster above.
In the film, Baumbach and Paltrow focus almost exclusively on De Palma’s oeuvre and create a tapestry of history, film theory, and cheeky on-set anecdotes. They splice together relevant images and clips from his films while De Palma talks about production difficulties, camerawork (especially his dynamic use of split diopters and steadicam shots), as well as his lifelong fascination with the work of Alfred Hitchcock. Though De Palma’s films exists in the cultural ether, this film aims to bring his work back into the forefront by illustrating the beauty and poetry of his craft, and the urgency of his psychological portraits.
The trailer for ‘De Palma’ will drop next Wednesday.