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1980 / 90min / VHS

DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA

CAST: NANCY ALLEN, KIRK DOUGLAS, GERRIT GRAHAM, MARY DAVENPORT

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In between two of De Palma’s most visually luxurious thrillers, The Fury and Dressed to Kill, De Palma made perhaps the unlikeliest film of his career. The fascinatingly makeshift 16mm comedy Home Movies is the result of a class project from a course in low-budget filmmaking De Palma taught during the winter-spring 1978 semester at Sarah Lawrence College. Though it was made along with his students, this is one of De Palma’s most autobiographical films, a stew of kooky familial dysfunction, sex jokes, and peeping tommery based on events from the director’s own childhood.