The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Seminal Image Friday #3:
Frames Within the Frame (Part Three: Brian De Palma)

For all you Usenet denizens out there, this edition of 'Frames Within the Frame' is devoted exclusively to the work of Brian De Palma. I want to give a big thanks and shout-out to Dennis Cozzalio of the perpetually fantastic Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule for the idea behind this entry. I hope the selection that follows does it justice.


Home Movies (1980)


The Responsive Eye (1966)


Carlito's Way (1993)


Sisters (1973)


Blow Out (1981)


Dionysus (co-dir. with Richard Schechner; 1970)


Body Double (1984)


Snake Eyes (1998)


Casualties of War (1989)


Carrie (1976)


Woton's Wake (1962)


Mission: Impossible (1996)


The Black Dahlia (2006)


The Untouchables (1987)


Obsession (1976)


Redacted (2007)


Phantom of the Paradise (1974)


The Wedding Party (1969)


Mission to Mars (2000)


Greetings (1968)


The Fury (1978)


Femme Fatale (2002)


Dressed to Kill (1980)


Hi, Mom! (1970)


Murder à la Mod (1968)

11 comments :

Vanwall said...

Jeezus, Tom this is brilliant! And ever so encompassing! Well done, again!

Jeff Duncanson said...

Wow, Harry Potter was in "Dressed to Kill"!

r said...

far out! awesome!

Chris Rywalt said...

You know, people like to pick on De Palma, but Casualties of War was a damned good film. Beautiful, horrible, touching, painful. Even if he never shot another decent fram of film, he'd be on my top ten list just for that.

idodialog said...

Shows me how deficient my de Palma experience is.
But then again, I may have seen the best of it in these wonderful teasers and caps.

Max Allan Collins said...

Great filmmaker. He's had his missteps, but that early run of SISTERS, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, OBSESSION and CARRIE is an amazing achievement. FEMME FATALE was a lovely throwback to his native style.

Gerard Saylor said...

De Palma flicks used to always show on HBO when I was a kid. "Dressed to Kill" was one of those adult movies I would catch and be fascinated with. Casualties of War has had a lasting impact on me, I still think about it occasionally.

Here's a suck-up to Collins: I'm currently reading the The First Quarry and enjoying it.

Dennis Cozzalio said...

So late, yet so satisfied! Tom, brilliant job!

Joanna L. Oznowicz-Davis said...

Stumbled on this page in doing some work for a William Finley Trib Vid. Great work! I have GOT to find the dvd DePalma Le Anes 60 (The 60's) just for Woton's Wake! Great actors can speak volumes without having to say a word. William was one of those actors!

P.S. It's a bit late, seeing these posts were written three years ago, but the guy in Dressed to Kill is Keith Gordon, who was also in Christine. Daniel Radcliffe probably wasn't even born when Dressed to Kill came out. On the other hand...yeah, I see some resemblance.

swac said...

Glad you stopped by, Joanna! Please post a link to that William Finley video when it's done, I'd love to see it.

Keith Gordon did some good work behind the camera as well, I enjoyed his film about U.S. and German soldiers in the Second World War meeting up at Christmas time, A Midnight Clear. I guess these days he's working on cable series like Dexter and The Killing.

Joanna L. Oznowicz-Davis said...

Hi Swac!

Will do. I'm actually just putting together the .... 'storyboard' in pics and someone, a LOT MORE proficient in the art of video production, is gonna add the music, etc. As soon as it's up, I'll let you know.

I remember that story....of German and U.S. soldiers calling a temporary truce for Christmas. I would like to see that movie! Thanks for letting me know!