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Hi, Mom!

Hi, Mom!

Hi, Mom!

1970 / 87min / 35mm

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.