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Brian De Palma's Split-ScreenA Life in Film$
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Douglas Keesey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628466973

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen

Douglas Keesey

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter takes on Brian De Palma's signature split-screen as the basis of discussion, with the intention of focusing on De Palma as a man divided. The split-screen is used here as a figure for the stark divisions within De Palma and his works. Four of these divisions are followed as thematic threads running throughout the book—as the key contrasts which underpin this analysis. These main themes or key contrasts are: Independence / Hollywood, originality / imitation, feminism / misogyny, and humility / megalomania. Furthermore, the chapter contends that while De Palma's movies are usually viewed as being devoid of biographical resonance, his movies are in fact profoundly connected to his life, but often in a metaphorical way, much as dreams act as strange reworkings of moments from our waking life.

Keywords:   Brian De Palma, split-screen, independence, originality, feminism, humility, Hollywood, imitation, misogyny, megalomania

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