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Untouchable! EIFF Secures De Palma for Reel Life

The EIFF is delighted to announce the addition of Hollywood legend Brian De Palma to its star-studded Reel Life line-up. Celebrated director De Palma has helmed a host of hugely influential and succes...

The EIFF is delighted to announce the addition of Hollywood legend Brian De Palma to its star-studded Reel Life line-up. Celebrated director De Palma has helmed a host of hugely influential and successful features in a career which has spanned five decades.

Artisitc Director Shane Danielsen added the following:

"Brian De Palma is one of the finest living American filmmakers: a product of the New American Cinema of the 1970s who went on, along with a mere handful of his peers (Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola), to become a household name.

Born in 1940, he came to attention with his 1970 satire Hi, Mom! (starring a young Robert De Niro), but first gained mainstream success three years later, with the classic Sisters. Thereafter, his career skyrocketed, thanks to a run of critical and box-office triumphs: genre-defining Hollywood hits like Carrie, Dressed To Kill, Body Double and Blow Out. And, of course, Scarface – arguably the most influential gangster movie of the last fifty years.

And did we mention his magnificent version of The Untouchables? That he made the first (and best) Mission: Impossible flick? Or the great Carlito’s Way? A virtuosic technician, De Palma is also a stylist par excellence: indebted to Hitchcock, yet at the same time transcending his influence, to create a body of work without parallel in or out of Hollywood. He has (as critic Pauline Kael once noted approvingly) "the wickedest baroque sensibility in American movies."

He visits EIFF as a special guest, to discuss the legacy of the New American Cinema in an onstage interview. Don’t miss the chance to meet this legendary filmmaker!"

Reel Life: Brian De Palma is at 17:30 on 23rd August at Cineworld. Tickets will be available for purchase midday on Monday 7th August and can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at the Filmhouse. Please note that the Cineworld Box office does not open until 17:00 on this day.

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