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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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Home Movies (1980)

Home Movies (1980)

(p.116) Chapter 12 Home Movies (1980)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen

Douglas Keesey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter marks a return to De Palma's roots in comedy with Home Movies (1980), which was similar to The Wedding Party (1964–65), Greetings (1968), and Hi, Mom! (1970), all made in the 1960s. Another sense in which the new film marked a “coming home” for De Palma was that he returned to Sarah Lawrence, the college where as a student he had gained his first filmmaking experience under mentor Wilford Leach. Now De Palma would be the mentor, giving later students some hands-on filmmaking experience, since Home Movies would be made by them as part of a class that De Palma was teaching on how to make a low-budget film.

Keywords:   Home Movies, comedy, Sarah Lawrence, low-budget film, student film

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