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Passion (2012)

Passion (2012)

Chapter 29 Passion (2012)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen
Douglas Keesey
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the many elements of De Palma's work incorporated into Passion (2012), which in itself can be considered as a summa of his films, even constituting a kind of career retrospective in itself. The film centers around a rivalry between three women—the executive Christine (Rachel McAdams), her assistant Isabelle (Noomi Rapace), and Isabelle's assistant Dani (Karoline Herfurth). And among other things, Passion uses the repertoire of themes and techniques that De Palma frequently explores: female twins / doubles, voyeurism, long takes, video surveillance, and so on. Interestingly, the movie also turns to the cinematic conventions of film noir, furthering the uncertainties and ambiguities underlying the plot, including the lingering image of the dead female body present in De Palma's other works.

Keywords:   Passion, films, film techniques, film noir, dead females, career retrospective, Brian De Palma

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