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Blu-ray Review – Body Double (1984)

24 October 2016 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Body Double, 1984.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Crampton, Gregg Henry, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton, Guy Boyd.


An out-of-work actor becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman after spying on her through a telescope, leading to a series of nasty events.

After beginning the 1980s with the triple-whammy of Dressed to Kill, Blow Out and Scarface, filmmaker Brian De Palma’s next effort would be a slightly lesser offering in the shape of 1984’s Body Double, a more Hitchcockian movie than his previous couple of films but one that also saw the director toning down some of his usual trademarks in favour of a few different techniques.

Jake Scully (Craig WassonA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) is a happy-go-lucky jobbing actor who suffers from claustrophobia, making his latest role as a vampire buried in a grave a bit of a chore. Scully »

- Amie Cranswick

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De Palma review – frank and unfettered

25 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Noah Baumbach’s charming documentary about Brian De Palma is enhanced by the veteran film-maker’s relish for an anecdote

This documentary about the career of Brian De Palma takes a suitably forthright approach: De Palma’s work is explored in his own words, and his words only, uncluttered by talking heads and critical evaluations. And frankly, De Palma is such an entertaining and open raconteur, his words are all you need. High points include an anecdote about Sean Penn and Michael J Fox on the set of Casualties of War; his thoughts on the size of the drill bit that perforated Deborah Shelton in Body Double and De Palma’s trademark exclamation of “Holy mackerel!”

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- Wendy Ide

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‘Body Double’: Brian De Palma’s Illusion of Voyeurism

18 July 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When rewatching Body Double for the third time, its most striking element was, as on my first viewing, Craig Wasson’s performance. As central character Jake Scully, Wasson turns his conventionally attractive looks into an endlessly fascinating nebbishness and awkwardness. In an early scene, Jake simply walks to his car and jumps in the driver’s seat, yet Wasson manages to turn this casual action into one of the most amusing instances of purposefully bad acting. This unquestionably intended ridiculousness in fact informs an audience of the approach required by the entire film: just as it is difficult to take this ludicrous failed actor and naïve man seriously, Body Double itself is better enjoyed with a grain of salt. Right before Jake goes to his car, he orders a hot dog from a street stand that De Palma shoots from the side before gliding to its front. With this voluptuous tracking shot, »

- The Film Stage

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