DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA
CAST: MELANIE GRIFFITH, CRAIG WASSON, GREGG HENRY
SCREENPLAY - BRIAN DE PALMA, ROBERT J. AVRECH
MUSIC - PINO DONAGGIO
By 1984, De Palma was under attack for what some perceived as gratuitous images of violence against women and his insistent homages to Hitchcock. His response was the ultimate anti-apology: his nastiest, most intentionally vile thriller, a reworking of Vertigo and Rear Window set in the L.A. porn industry, featuring a murder by phallic drill-bit. It’s also one of his most brilliantly metacinematic works, a tawdry movie that never lets you forget you’re watching a tawdry movie, orchestrated with De Palma’s usual genius for labyrinthine set pieces and featuring a fearless Melanie Griffith in one of her first starring roles.