Brian De Palma

June 1 to June 30

“Brian De Palma, Master of the Macabre, invites you to a showing of the latest fashion . . . in murder!” No living American filmmaker grabs you from the first frame like Brian De Palma—and few can toy with viewers’ emotions as expertly. Loved and loathed with equal fervency over the course of his amazing five-decade career, this singular American artist is a revolutionary and a rascal, an intellectual disguised as a peddler of garish Hollywood entertainment. The eternal bad boy of the New American Cinema that started in the late sixties, he started out as an irreverent, Vietnam-era political filmmaker in a comic-Godard mold before crossing over into thriller and action territory, pushing Hitchcockian suspense and explosive violence to self-conscious extremes. Yet even when diving wholeheartedly into the pleasures of genre movies, De Palma is always investigating the image itself, each film a commentary on its own making and the act of watching. And even when his films are at their most terrifying, there’s always a sense of humor and an audacity that leaves you giddy.

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