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Home Movies (1980)

Home Movies (1980)

(p.116) Chapter 12 Home Movies (1980)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen
Douglas Keesey
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter marks a return to De Palma's roots in comedy with Home Movies (1980), which was similar to The Wedding Party (1964–65), Greetings (1968), and Hi, Mom! (1970), all made in the 1960s. Another sense in which the new film marked a “coming home” for De Palma was that he returned to Sarah Lawrence, the college where as a student he had gained his first filmmaking experience under mentor Wilford Leach. Now De Palma would be the mentor, giving later students some hands-on filmmaking experience, since Home Movies would be made by them as part of a class that De Palma was teaching on how to make a low-budget film.

Keywords:   Home Movies, comedy, Sarah Lawrence, low-budget film, student film

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