The Shot Behind the Shot: On the set of Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987)

(Above) Al Capone henchman Frank Nitti plummets to his death in this scene from Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables. (Photo by unit stills photographer Zade Rosenthal)

The pic above – along with the one below from De Palma’s Battleship Potemkin homage shot at Chicago Union Station – comes from a recently republished article on The Untouchables from American Cinematographer magazine.

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Behind the scenes stills, posters and more from Brian De Palma’s original Carrie (1976)

Carrie poster #2 (#25)

“I’ve made so many films and people still keep saying “The Horror Genre.” They never seem like horror films to me! Horror films are “Hammer Films” — vampires and Frankenstein. I love those pictures, but I don’t feel it’s exactly what I’m doing…” – Brian De Palma in a 1977 issue Cinefantastique

One of the arguments in the case against director (and noted Alfred Hitchcock fetishist) Brian De Palma is that De Palma is a cold formalist who places the style of his intricate set pieces above the human beings within them. Which is why it’s so surprising that De Palma’s 1976 version of Carrie is filled with significantly more empathy than the recent remake from director Kimberly Peirce, the humanist behind Boys Don’t Cry. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›

Deep Fried Links – Wes Anderson, The Room, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and more

Wes Anderson collection
Deep Fried Links is a new feature I’m going to try to roll out weekly to share a few interesting nuggets from around the world wide web. This is never going to be the place you come for breaking news about Batman casting, but it will be a useful resource to discover stories you might have missed.

For the inaugural post, we’ve got new books about Wes Anderson and the cult film The Room, a NY Times interview with Carrie director Kimberly Pierce, movie lists courtesy of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and an ode to the “O” face from Lars von Trier. Plus much more. (Continue reading) Continue Reading ›

Links: A full 1978 issue of Cinefantastique

An entire 1978 issue of the horror, sci-fi and fantasy magazine Cinefantastique can be downloaded PDF-style here thanks to the folks at the superb blog Cinephilia and Beyond.

Included in the issue are….

An interview with Stephen King in which the author discusses Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Carrie and expresses his displeasure with Stanley Kubrick’s original vision for the ending of The Shining, which was still in production at the time.

Stephen King

Interviews with the makers of AlienInvasion of the Body Snatchers and Piranha. The quote below regarding Piranha’s aquatic creature feature lineage comes from producer Jon Davison.

Piranha #3

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