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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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Greetings (1968)

Greetings (1968)

(p.28) Chapter 3 Greetings (1968)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen

Douglas Keesey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that De Palma's first critically and commercially successful film, Greetings (1968), shows the continuing influence of Jean-Luc Godard on De Palma. It also stands as one of the few films about the 1960s counterculture actually shot by members of that culture at the time. Among the topical issues explored by the film are the Vietnam War draft, computer dating, the Kennedy assassination, and pornographic movies. Made for $43,000 by a non-union crew of friends, relatives, and students from New York University, Greetings was De Palma's “contemporary statement of what was going on in my life and the lives around me at that period.”

Keywords:   1960s counterculture, Greetings, Vietnam War draft, computer dating, Kennedy assassination, pornographic movies, Jean-Luc Godard, counterculture comedies, Robert De Niro

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