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Director Brian De Palma's underrated gems, decade by decade

Director Brian De Palma's underrated gems, decade by decade

Few American filmmakers have been as critically polarizing, or provoked as much critical re-evaluation over the years, as Brian De Palma. The director found a powerful champion early on in Pauline Kael, who helped make his career with her raves for “Carrie” (1976), “Dressed to Kill” (1980) and “Blow Out” (1981). The counter-arguments have been equally passionate: De Palma’s obsessive affinity for Hitchcock, his fluid and exultant visual style, and his fascination with the erotics of screen violence, much of it perpetrated against women, earned him as much scorn as praise.

If De Palma’s career has taught us anything, it’s that...

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