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The Wedding Party (1964–65)

The Wedding Party (1964–65)

(p.17) Chapter 1 The Wedding Party (1964–65)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen
Douglas Keesey
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter analyzes De Palma's first feature film, The Wedding Party, which was shot in winter 1964 and summer 1965, but released in 1969, after the success of his 1968 film, Greetings. The film was autobiographical in that its events were inspired by the wedding of Jared Martin, who had been De Palma's roommate at Columbia University, along with William Finley. De Palma and Finley served as groomsmen at these nuptials, which were held on a Long Island estate in 1963, the year before shooting began. The chapter looks at De Palma's enthusiastic experimentation with film techniques and his homages to two of the masters of cinema, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as the relationships and life experiences that have their echoes within the film's characters and storyline, in building up the portrait of a young director's feature-film debut.

Keywords:   The Wedding Party, autobiographical events, Jared Martin, film techniques, feature-film debut, homages

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