Previously at the ICA - Films
23 Sep 2016 – 6 Oct 2016
One of the few genuine auteurs who enjoyed sustained Hollywood success, 75-year-old Brian De Palma (Scarface, Carrie) is the worthy subject of this illuminating documentary by two of cinema’s recent crop of commercially adroit yet innovative directors, Noah Baumbach (Mistress America) and Jake Paltrow (Bad Land: Road To Fury). De Palma largely sidesteps the director’s personal life to concentrate on his work, disarmingly acknowledging his Hitchcockian influences with clips from Obsession and other films. While De Palma admits that happenstance is what largely governs his and indeed most directors’ work—Baumbach and Paltrow being cases in point—some of his juicier observations here concern the actors he’s worked with: Orson Welles forgetting his lines, Cliff Robertson’s perma-tanned arrogance, Sean Penn tormenting Michael J. Fox, and his great discovery, Robert de Niro, conniving to bump up his fee. Riveting from start to finish.
De Palma, dir. Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, USA 2015, 107 mins.