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Brian Russell De Palma ( born September 11, 1940 ) is an American film director and writer.
Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, De Palma worked repeatedly with actors Jennifer Salt, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen ( his wife from 1979 to 1983 ), Gary Sinise, John Lithgow, William Finley, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham, cinematographers Stephen H. Burum and Vilmos Zsigmond ( see List of noted film director and cinematographer collaborations ), set designer Jack Fisk, and composers Bernard Herrmann, John Williams and Pino Donaggio.
De Palma is credited with fostering the careers of or outright discovering Robert De Niro, Jill Clayburgh, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Andy Garcia and Margot Kidder.
De Palma, whose background is Italian Roman Catholic, was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Vivienne ( née Muti ) and Anthony Federico De Palma, an orthopedic surgeon.
Enrolled at Columbia as a physics student, De Palma became enraptured with the filmmaking process after viewing Citizen Kane and Vertigo.
De Palma subsequently enrolled at the newly coed Sarah Lawrence College as a graduate student in their theater department in the early 1960s, becoming one of the first male students among a female population.
Once there, influences as various as drama teacher Wilford Leach, the Maysles brothers, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard, Andy Warhol and Alfred Hitchcock impressed upon De Palma the many styles and themes that would shape his own cinema in the coming decades.
De Palma followed this with various small films for the NAACP and The Treasury Department.
During the 1960s, De Palma began making a living producing documentary films, notably The Responsive Eye, a 1966 movie about The Responsive Eye op-art exhibit curated by William Seitz for Museum of Modern Art in 1965.
In an interview with Gelmis from 1969, De Palma described the film as " very good and very successful.
The film records The Performance Group's performance of Euripides ’ The Bacchae, starring, amongst others, De Palma regular William Finley.
De Palma recalls that he was “ floored ” by this performance upon first sight, and in 1973 recounts how he " began to try and figure out a way to capture it on film.
After the success of his 1968 breakthrough, De Palma and his producing partner ( Charles Hirsch ) were given the opportunity by Sigma 3 to make an unofficial sequel of sorts, initially entitled Son of Greetings, and subsequently released as Hi, Mom !.
De Palma describes the sequence as a constant invocation of Brechtian distanciation: “ First of all, I am interested in the medium of film itself, and I am constantly standing outside and making people aware that they are always watching a film.
It is precisely from this crudity that the film itself gains a credibility of “ realism .” In an interview with Michael Bliss, De Palma notes “ Black, Baby was rehearsed for almost three weeks ...
In the 1970s, De Palma went to Hollywood where he worked on bigger budget films.
In 1970, De Palma left New York for Hollywood at age thirty to make Get To Know Your Rabbit, starring Orson Welles and Tommy Smothers.
Making the film was a crushing experience for De Palma as Tommy Smothers didn't like a lot of De Palma's ideas.
After several small, studio and independent released films that included stand-outs Sisters, Phantom Of The Paradise, and Obsession, a small film based on a novel called Carrie was released directed by Brian De Palma.

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So with four complete Push-Pull Super-Sets No. 1, four of No. 2, four of No. 3 and four to six sets of the Incline Bench Press, you can see that Henri De Courcy has had a terrific mass-building, muscle-shaping, torso-defining workout that cannot be improved upon.
Bravado has been alternately described as `` a symbol of the new grandeur of France and myself '' ( De Gaulle ) and `` a decadent, disgusting slob ''!!
De Jager ( 1955 ) has calculated the times required for these particles to reach the atmosphere under the influence of the Poynting-Robertson effect, which in this case causes the orbits to become more and more eccentric without changing the semi-major axis.
The poor uneducated newlywed, a certain Gontran De Boismassif, has his problems in getting the necessary information.
" is attributed to his son William De Morgan, but a family friend John Thomas Graves was prolific, and a manuscript with over 2, 800 has been preserved.
Several of Alexander's works were published in the Aldine edition of Aristotle, Venice, 1495 – 1498 ; his De Fato and De Anima were printed along with the works of Themistius at Venice ( 1534 ); the former work, which has been translated into Latin by Grotius and also by Schulthess, was edited by J. C. Orelli, Zürich, 1824 ; and his commentaries on the Metaphysica by H. Bonitz, Berlin, 1847.
It has been claimed that De Amore codifies the social and sexual life of Eleanor's court at Poitiers between 1170 and 1174, though it was evidently written at least ten years later and, apparently, at Troyes.
He sought to adapt it on numerous occasions, though the project would carry a substantial price tag, and has yet to appear onscreen ( Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Minority Report bears striking similarities to De Palma's visual style and some of the themes of The Demolished Man ).
He has often produced " De Palma " films one after the other before going on to direct a different genre, but would always return to his familiar territory.
To emphasize the dramatic impact of a certain scene De Palma has employed a 360-degree camera pan.
Other actors that De Palma has worked with on more than one occasion include Jennifer Salt ( The Wedding Party, Hi, Mom !, and Sisters ), Charles Durning ( Hi, Mom !, Sisters, and The Fury ), Al Pacino ( Scarface and Carlito's Way ), John Lithgow ( Obsession, Blow Out and Raising Cain ), Sean Penn ( Casualties of War and Carlito's Way ), Amy Irving ( Carrie, The Fury and Casualties of War ( uncredited voice-over )), and John Travolta ( Carrie, Blow Out ).
De Palma has consistently worked with a group of screenwriters, cinematographers, editors and composers throughout his career.
De Palma has also worked with composers Pino Donaggio ( Carrie, Home Movies, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Body Double, Raising Cain ), Ennio Morricone ( The Untouchables, Casualties of War, and Mission to Mars ) and Ryuichi Sakamoto ( Snake Eyes, Femme Fatale ).
Furthermore, De Palma has used editors Bill Pankow ( Body Double, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Carlito's Way, Snake Eyes, The Black Dahlia, Redacted ) and Paul Hirsch ( Phantom of the Paradise, Carrie, Raising Cain, Mission to Mars ).
He has one daughter from his marriage to Gale Anne Hurd, Lolita de Palma, born in 1991, and one daughter from his marriage to Darnell Gregorio, Piper De Palma, born in 1996.
De Palma has encouraged and fostered the filmmaking careers of directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Mark Romanek and Keith Gordon.
Kael wrote in her review of Blow Out, " At forty, Brian De Palma has more than twenty years of moviemaking behind him, and he has been growing better and better.
Legend has it that, following Ward's stage performance, he, Mark Twain, and Dan De Quille were taking a drunken rooftop tour of Virginia City until a town constable threatened to blast all three of them with a shotgun loaded with rock salt.
De Vries has been " twisted " — made into an amoral sadist by his Tleilaxu creators.
The character Miss Marple, for instance, dealt with an estimated two murders a year ; De Andrea has described Marple's home town, the quiet little village of St. Mary Mead as having " put on a pageant of human depravity rivaled only by that of Sodom and Gomorrah ".
* A work on indulgences, which has often been criticized by Protestant writers, De Origine, Progressu, Valore, et Fructu Indulgentiorum ( Augsburg, 1735 )
Armstrong and De Forest fought a protracted legal battle over the rights to the " regenerative " oscillator circuit which has been called " the most complicated patent litigation in the history of radio ".

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