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Encyclopedia > Brian DePalma

Brian De Palma (born September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American film director.

De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the Brat Pack generation of film Directors and Actors including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. For a time he was quite loyal in casting Amy Irving and Nancy Allen.

His works explore themes of suspense, murder, obsession, and psychiatric disorders, among others. De Palma's cinematic style is much indebted to that of Alfred Hitchcock to whom a number of films 'Dressed to Kill', 'Blow Out' and 'Body Double' are straight homages. He is famous for using techniques of split screen, split-diopter, process shots, and long tracking shots (for example, Snake Eyes opens with an uninterupted 25 minute Steadicam shot.

Critics of DePalma accuse him of being misogynistic, and of emphasizing technical aspects of storytelling at the expense of human stories.


  • Femme Fatale (2002)
  • Mission to Mars (2000)
  • Snake Eyes (1998)
  • Mission Impossible (1996)
  • Carlito's Way (1993)
  • Raising Cain (1992)
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
  • Casualties of War (1989)
  • The Untouchables (1987)
  • Wise Guys (1986)
  • Body Double (1984)
  • Scarface (1983)
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Home Movies (1979)
  • The Fury (1978)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Obsession (1976)
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
  • Sisters (1973)
  • Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
  • Dionysus (1970)
  • Hi, Mom (1970)
  • The Wedding Party (1969)
  • Greetings (1968)
  • Murder a la Mod (1968)
  • The Responsive Eye (1966)
  • Show Me a Strong Town and I'll Show You a Strong Bank (1966)
  • Bridge That Gap (1965)
  • Jennifer (1964)
  • Wotans Wake (1962)
  • 660124 The Story of an IBM Card (1961)
  • Icarus (1960)

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Femme Fatale review of the Brian DePalma film | Movie Forum (776 words)
DePalma has pulled this one before, with 1992’s “Raising Cain”, a grating career homage/self-parody that left me (and presumably others, yes?) completely cold, and mildly insulted.
By the time DePalma pulls a major third-act reversal, you’ll either be delighted at his cojones, or calling for his DGA card.
DePalma conceived of the project while attending Cannes last year, and raised the production funds independently so that he could maintain creative freedom.
Brian De Palma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1746 words)
Brian De Palma (born September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American film director.
His father, Anthony DePalma, was an orthopedic surgeon and teacher who made a lifelong contribution to the practice of medicine.
Brian De Palma has been offered, considered for, or associated with the production of films as disparate as Demon Seed (which featured De Palma regular Gerrit Graham), Grease, Flashdance, Cruising, Prince of the City, Act of Vengeance, The Truman Show, and the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.
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