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Murder à la Mod
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Brian De Palma (writer)
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A Lost Horror Film from Brian De Palma!
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Naive young lady Karen wants to help her struggling amateur filmmaker boyfriend Christopher raise enough money so he can divorce his wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Andra Akers ... Tracy

William Finley ... Otto
Margo Norton ... Karen

Jared Martin ... Chris
Ken Burrows ... Wiley
Lorenzo Catlett ... Policeman
Jack Harrell ... Salesman
Laura Stevenson ... Girl in Boutique
John Quinn ... Mr. Fitzsimmons

Jenny O'Hara ... Soap Opera (voice)
Bob Scott ... Soap Opera (voice)

Phil Proctor ... Soap Opera (voice)
Leanne Harrison ... A Bird

Jennifer Salt ... A Bird (as Jenifer Salt)
Laura Rubin ... A Bird
Marta Levenson ... A Bird
Melanie Mander ... A Bird
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Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
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Brian De Palma  writer

Produced by
Ken Burrows .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Herbert McDowell 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Torbet (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian De Palma 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Harrell .... cameraman
 
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William Finley .... composer: title song (as W.F. Finley)
 

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80 min
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Film debut of Jared Martin.See more »
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A Little Strange and a Little Odd; Murder a la Mod!, 6 August 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Isn't it strangely fascinating how a talented and visionary filmmaker will always distinguish him/herself from the others, regardless of how ridiculously little financial means he/she has to work with? "Murder à la Mod" got released on the Something Weird label in America and on similar Grindhouse-type of DVD label here in the Dutch speaking countries, but it's almost too good to get associated with the usual stuff these labels throw on the market. Numerous of the Something Weird films were made by young and aspiring directors with lots of ambition and occasionally even some good ideas, but without any money or professional cast and crew members, and that is why they usually look poor and sleazy instead of good. But with his debut Brian De Palma proves that blaming the lack of budget is all too easy. With an intriguing narrative structure, eccentric character drawings and ingenious visual gimmicks, De Palma neatly camouflages the lack of funds and even the complete absence of story! Also, the director's later obsession with the work of Alfred Hitchcock is already noticeable here, through a variation of subtle references and downright open homages. The plot, revolving on a young girl falling for an amateur filmmaker with dubious and questionable intentions, is actually of minor importance. The slightly psychedelic atmosphere, the irresistible title song and the crazed characters (William Finley is superb as Otto) keep the film entertaining even if the screenplay ceases to make sense. Particularly the extended sub plot where one event is shown from three different perspectives is very accurately done and undeniably far ahead of its time. Obviously, De Palma's first born also suffers from copious defects, like dreadfully boring padding scenes (the conversation between Tracey and her bank manager…oh my God!) and a confusingly abrupt ending.

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