Unbeknownst to De Palma, Blow Out was a signal post for the cinema, the last one for the seventies. In my mind, maybe in yours as well, it marked the end of the great seventies experiment where production companies and studios paid good cash for writer-directors to put whatever the hell they wanted to up there on the screen, with little interference. The movie has the feel of what came before and none of what came after.Great assessment and you can read more of his post here. Here are more links to other De Palma related writings that have recently come to my attention. These are ones not written specifically for the Blog-A-Thon. Blow Out: Brian De Palma - Only the paranoid survive by Ratnakar Sadasyula at Passion for Cinema Mission to Mars: A nerd's rhapsody: In defense of Mission to Mars by Ray Sawhill at Salon.com Murder à la Mod: Murder à la Mod (1968) by Adam Zanzie at Icebox Movies Redacted: Brian De Palma Interview by Movie Geeks United! at blogtalkradio Sisters: Behind the Scenes With My Favorite Actors: Margot Kidder in Brian De Palma's Sisters by Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter General Discussion: Brian De Palma Tribute by Movie Geeks United! at blogtalkradio Momento Brian De Palma by Georgina Spigott at Quixotando More to come later today.
Friday, September 11, 2009
On this solemn anniversary for our nation, I still want to offer a felicitation to the subject of this Blog-A-Thon on the occasion of his birthday. Happy 69th, Brian! Elsewhere, I want to thank Greg at Cinema Styles for his lovely contribution to the Blog-A-Thon celebrating, what is in my opinion, De Palma's best film, Blow Out (1981). Here's an excerpt: