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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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Hi, Mom! (1970)

Hi, Mom! (1970)

(p.43) Chapter 5 Hi, Mom! (1970)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen

Douglas Keesey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the film, Hi, Mom! (1970), a self-conscious sequel to De Palma's earlier Greetings (1968). In fact, Greetings' voyeuristic character of Jon (Robert De Niro) returns in Hi, Mom! Back from Vietnam, Jon rents a rundown apartment whose sole positive feature is its view of the windows in a nicer housing complex across the way. De Palma got the idea for Hi, Mom! when he saw filmgoers lined up outside a theater to attend his movie Greetings. Across the street from the theater was a high-rise building, and he imagined that inside each one of its apartment windows there was a story to be told. In his mind, each window thus became a kind of movie screen.

Keywords:   Greetings, Hi Mom, Robert De Niro, voyeurism, counterculture comedies, apartment windows

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