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.
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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