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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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Snake Eyes (1998)

Snake Eyes (1998)

(p.249) (p.242) Chapter 24 Snake Eyes (1998)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen

Douglas Keesey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores multi-perspectivism in Snake Eyes (1998), in which Atlantic City police detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) undertakes an investigation, interrogating witnesses and studying video footage from many surveillance cameras to determine whether there might have been a conspiracy behind the assassination of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Here we also have another film rooted in De Palma's obsession with the John F. Kennedy assassination and the far-reaching inquiry to which it gave rise. However, by tracking De Palma's treatment of this topic over the course of several films, he has since moved from cynical realism to a more idealistic fantasy regarding the hero's success at solving the crime and making it public.

Keywords:   assassinations, Snake Eyes, multi-perspectivism, Kennedy assassination, cynical realism, idealistic fantasy

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