Brian De Palma – Dionysus (1970)


“NY Times wrote:
RICHARD SCHECHNER’S “Dionysus in 69″ played during 1968 and 1969 in a converted garage on Wooster Street. Brian De Palma made his movie version in the course of just two actual performances. It opened yesterday at the Kips Bay Theater.

Although rough in a few technical details, it is a film of extraordinary grace and power. With exceptional imagination and intelligence, De Palma has managed both to preserve the complex immediacies of Schechner’s dramatic event (based on “The Bacchae” of Euripides) and to work those immediacies into the passionate and formal properties of his own creation Continue reading

Brian De Palma – Hi, Mom! (1970)


‘Hi, Mom!’ a Brian De Palma Satire
AMONG contemporary-urban-scene-movies (sub-genre, invasion-of-privacy) Brian De Palma’s “Hi, Mom!” stands out for its wit, its ironic good humor, its multilevel sophistications, its technical ingenuity, its nervousness, and its very special ability to bring the sensibility of the suburbs to the sins of the inner city. With no recognizable landmark further north than Cooper Square, it nevertheless feels like Bronxville or the quieter stretches of the upper East Side. Continue reading