Brian de Palma is one of the wonder boys who, along with Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas and Spielberg, has helped to transform the face of American cinema over the last 30 years. At age 60, the illustrious filmmaker has accomplished 25 feature-length films, exercising his talents in many varied genres: thrillers, action films, war films, science fiction, comedy and the fantastic. A secretive man who generally prefers to shun interviews, de Palma agreed to work with Samuel Blumenfeld and Laurent Vachaud to achieve this exploit: one of the only existing books on the subject. Offering a new approach to the man and his movies, Blumenfeld and Vachaud show how de Palma’s work is strongly rooted in his life experience. The illustrations, which include numerous personal photos and shots taken during filming provided by de Palma himself and his family, are exceptional.
Laurent Vachaud : A screenwriter, Laurent Vachaud also writes for Positif and Les Inrockuptibles.