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Brian de Palma Quotes


An American film director and writer.
(1940 - )

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And I always had this idea for making a movie about a femme fatale, because I like these characters. They're a lot of fun, they're sexy, they're manipulative, they're dangerous.
 

And we've become very doubtful of our information sources, because they're all controlled by these huge multilateral corporations.
 

But, number one, I think traditional noir doesn't work in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore.
 

Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says. Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences, because he's so brilliant.
 

However, I spent most of my time in a Quaker school.
 

However, ironically, I was baptized Presbyterian, and went to a Quaker school for twelve years.
 

I do like directing other people's material.
 

I don't see scarey films. I certainly wouldn't go see my films.
 

I guess what's most surprised me in most of the reviews is that they don't seem to get the noir story in the dream sequence, so they analyze it like a straight noir movie.
 

I hadn't done just a straight-out comedy in a long time, just letting an ensemble do really good character acting, having them carry the movie as in my earlier pictures.
 

I mean, I don't mind promoting a movie, or talking to the press if it's going to be used in some way.
 

I'm always looking for a kind of new musical entity to sort of move into a motion picture venue.
 

I've been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while, and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.
 

I've been sort of traveling around the country for ten years talking about independent features.
 

I've dropped myself into straightforward character pieces in order to explore that form and reap its values. But you are sort of restricted visually when your first requirement is to tell a fairly straightforward story.
 

If anyone's been around some very long cocaine evenings, there's nothing that's in SCARFACE that we all haven't seen before.
 

It's always great to discover a new star of tomorrow.
 

It's always great when you discover someone.
 

So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it's one of the most exciting aspects of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
 

That's what noir feels like to me. It feels like some kind of recurring dream, with very strong archetypes operating. You know, the guilty girl being pursued, falling, all kinds of stuff that we see in our dreams all the time.
 


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