DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA
CAST: ROBERT DE NIRO, CHARLES DURNING, ALLEN GARFIELD
SCREENPLAY - BRIAN DE PALMA
Robert De Niro is a proto Travis Bickle in this dark comedy that brilliantly synthesizes the loose sociopolitical commentary of his lauded Greetings, the experimental theater aspects of Dionysus in ’69, and De Palma’s ever-present interest in voyeurism. An unhinged, peep-show-obsessed Vietnam vet looking—and we mean looking—for love and sex in New York, he also gets involved in a radical African-American theater group meant to jolt white bourgeois audiences from their complacency. The central black-and-white performance (“Be Black Baby!”) is De Palma’s first true sustained set piece, and a contained masterwork unto itself.