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While Brian De Palma is best-known for directing sexually-tinged Hitchcockian thrillers such as "Dressed to Kill," "Body Double," and "Obsession," my two fave De Palmas are Stephen King's "Carrie," which is being remade with his blessing by pal Kimberly Pierce, and "Blow Out," starring John Travolta. While De Palma has scored as a studio technician with a strong sense of style--and bravura camera moves-- in such movies as the original "Mission Impossible," "Snake Eyes," "Carlito's Way," "Scarface" and "The Untouchables," the filmmaker started as an indie in the 1970s and is back in the indie world with European-financed thrillers such as "Black Dahlia" and "Passion," which recently played Venice, Toronto and completes the fest trifecta in New York. The Toronto screening of the film was packed with buyers; no announcement of a sale has been made as yet. I »

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