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Raising Cain (1992)

Raising Cain (1992)

(p.211) Chapter 21 Raising Cain (1992)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen
Douglas Keesey
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter marks another comeback for De Palma, this time in a return to a genre in which he feels most at home—the suspense thriller. In Raising Cain (1992), De Palma also goes home in another sense, because the film turns out to be very much about his own family, present and past. In Raising Cain, Carter (John Lithgow) is a child psychologist who is taking time off from his practice in order to remain at home and observe the growth of his daughter, Amy. De Palma himself had recently become a father for the first time. In addition, Michael Powell's film Peeping Tom is cited as another important influence in Raising Cain, as it depicts a powerful doctor-father whose influence proves destructive—a figure seen time and again in De Palma's other works.

Keywords:   Raising Cain, family relationships, Peeping Tom, suspense thrillers, fatherhood

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