The opposition voice of Hollywood

Veteran US director Brian De Palma won the Best Director award at the Venice film festival on Saturday for "Redacted," his hard-hitting Iraq war film.

The opposition voice of Hollywood


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Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a prolific, and controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables.

De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors, a distinct pedigree who either emerged from film schools or are overtly cine-literate. His contemporaries include Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, John Milius, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg.
De Palma's artistry in directing and use of cinematography and suspense in several of his films is often compared to the work of the late Alfred Hitchcock.


Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, De Palma worked repeatedly with actors Jennifer Salt, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen (his wife from 1979 to 1983), William Finley, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham, cinematographers Stephen H. Burum and Vilmos Zsigmond (see List of noted film director and cinematographer collaborations), set designer Jack Fisk, and composers Bernard Herrmann and Pino Donaggio. De Palma is credited with fostering the careers of or outright discovering Robert De Niro, Jill Clayburgh, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, and Margot Kidder.


De Palma has encouraged and fostered the filmmaking careers of directors such as Mark Romanek and Keith Gordon. Terrence Malick credits seeing De Palma's early films on college campus tours as a validation of independent film, and subsequently switched his attention from philosophy to filmmaking.

Here are his films:

The Wedding Party (1963), Murder a la Mod (1967), Greetings (1968) ,Hi, Mom! (1969), Get to Know Your Rabbit (1971), Sisters (1973), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Obsession (1975), Carrie (1976), The Fury (1978), Home Movies (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984), Wise Guys (1985), The Untouchables (1987), Casualties of War (1989), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Raising Cain (1992), Carlito's Way (1993), Mission: Impossible (1996), Snake Eyes (1998), Mission to Mars (2000), Femme Fatale (2002), The Black Dahlia (2006), Redacted (2007), Capone Rising (2008) The Blue Afternoon (TBA) Toyer (TBA) Phantom of the Paradise (TBA)

Short Films

Icarus (1960), 660124: The Story of an IBM Card (1961), Woton's Wake (1962), Jennifer (1964), Bridge That Gap (1965), Show Me a Strong Town and I'll Show You a Strong Bank (1966)


Documentary Films

The Responsive Eye (1966), Dionysus in '69 (1969)

Brian De Palma wins Best Director award at Venice with 'Redacted' this September in which The dramatisation of the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl by US soldiers, was also honoured on Friday with the Future Film Festival Digital Award, for the film that makes the best use of animation or visual effects.

Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2007, 20:56
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