Brian De Palma is one of the most important directors of the so-called “New Hollywood”. In this new paradigm creators of the stature of Spielberg, George Lucas or Francis Ford Coppola who, with their particular vision and way of telling stories, would change the way of understanding cinema as entertainment and how author’s stamp. Today, the one from New Jersey turns 81 years old, being in the memory of all moviegoers, for those great titles that he left in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately, it has been several years between productions that go unnoticed, both for critics and for the public. As we hope for a return to its best, we reviewed 5 key films to understand his cinema and where we can see them:
Cinema owes a lot to Stephen King, but perhaps the writer also owes a lot to this first adaptation of Brian De Palma. The impact generated by his sad and terrifying story promoted the author’s name and led to the adaptation of dozens of stories by this literary master of the genre in subsequent years (and still today). His 2013 remake tried to emulate his greatness, but it is something impossible.
Where to see it: Filmin
2- “The untouchables of Eliot Ness” (1987)
The largest cast of stars that the director and the film that was the only Oscar of Sean Connery has managed. These Untouchables of an Eliot Ness played by Kevin Costner They start a crusade to end the crime business that Al Capone (Robert de Niro) has ridden around alcohol in the middle of Prohibition. Memorable sound band by Ennio Morricone and some montages and sequences under the suspense and tension always so present in Brian De Palma’s cinema.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime Video (under rent) and Filmin
3- “Trapped by his past” (1993)
De Palma himself and his audience tend to agree when asked about their best film. The second collaboration with Pacino after your already iconic Scarface, dodge Tony Montana’s unbridled ambition to focus on bad decisions, redemption and a melancholy regret for past mistakes that sooner or later, they always come back.
Where to see it: Filmin
4- “Mission Impossible” (1996)
The first installment of a saga that is on the way to its seventh mission (they won’t be so impossible) was directed from the darkest point of the saga. The first film adaptation of the popular television series turned out to be a resounding success and the beginning of the Tom Cruise figure as an action hero.
Where to watch it: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video (low rent)
5-“Snake Eyes” (1998)
One of the sequence shots (albeit with a trick) best recorded in the director’s career. To the eccentric cocktail that supposes the case of a possible murder on a boxing evening, we have the addition of protagonism of Nicolas Cage. Hypnotic entertainment of a De Palma unleashed in the direction.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime Video (low rent) and Disney Plus