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It's an expertly crafted B-movie, a brisk and twisty mixture of the slick and sleazy, the glossy and grungy.
... "Body Double" finds Brian De Palma at the zenith of his cinematic virtuosity.
...ugly, unedifying exploitation cinema.
A spectacularly sleazy send-up that finds the puckish, thin-skinned director confronting his critics and doubling down on everything that upstanding, respectable people hate about Brian De Palma films.
Is Body Double Brian De Palma's most underrated film or merely a guilty pleasure on my part? Naturally, I make the case for the former.
Sleaze dominates the thin plot and absurd story line.
Classic De Palma. Stylish and Sexy.
It's a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie.
...De Palma's expectedly grandiose directorial choices go a long way towards keeping things interesting...
Emblematizes De Palma's refusal to take Hollywood seriously.
Body Double, while not his finest, is the best candidate as Brian De Palma's signature film.
enough to portend the downfall of civilization... a guilty pleasure
"Everybody is a peeper, peeping on their neighbors", Hitchcock seemed to infer with the production of Rear Window, "wouldn't we be happier if we all could just admit it?" DePalma, looking to up the ante seems to ask further, "we all masturbate, couldn't we simply do it together?"
Brian De Palma seems to be enjoying quite a lot to poke fun at the artificiality of cinema with this delicious pastiche that pays homage to Hitchcock's films (mainly Vertigo and Rear Window) and plays with the limits of narrative and language as he injects his own style into it.
Well, I think it's fair to say I have never screamed at characters more in a movie than I did watching this! Those scenes where Jake was "stalking" Gloria - bloody hell, so obvious. Then came the point mid movie where I felt like I was watching a whole different movie and couldn't understand what the hell was going on.
Highly original and it did tie up at the end.
Suspense and 80's tackiness all thrown into one movie. Right in my element with this one. And extra half star for the appearance of Holly Johnson.
How had I never seen this one before!
I first saw this film when it was released in 1984, was immediately captivated by it, and have re-visited it many times since then. Body Double may be my favorite DePalma film, even more so than Scarface since it blends different elements together so entertainingly. Body Double is of course a thriller, containing various Hitchcockian themes and devices for which DePalma has become famous. Its also a spoof of the porn industry, but it treats the porn business and B-movie slasher films in a refreshingly frank and candid manner. Its done with humor and without any moralizing, just another part of the business. Also, the LA locations, like the Tail O' the Pup hot dog stand and the futuristic Chemospehere house, not only lend the film authenticity, they really add to the memorable quality DePalma achieves.
I enjoyed the performances of Craig Wasson, Dennis Franz, and others, but Body Double may be best remembered for Melanie Griffith's breakthrough role. She's sexy and totally hilarious. Her list of adult acting "restrictions" is one of the all-time greatest monologues. Wasson, who I liked in Ghost Story, is similar to De
Palma's idol Hitchcock's hero in Vertigo Scotty (Jimmy Stewart). He is paralyzed by claustrophobia and "can't act." Wasson as Jake Scully is the perfect unpretentious "set-up witness." I can't fail to mention former Miss America Deborah Shelton as Gloria Revelle, one of the most beautiful women who ever graced the silver screen.
There's a lurid fascination about this film. Its got sex, voyeurism, a power-drill murder, and the most palpable claustrophobia I've seen. You've also the Frankie-Goes-To-Hollywood "Relax" tie-in. It will harken you back to the glory days of MTV. All in all, its great tongue-in-cheek entertainment and, for my money, the most notable voyeur fantasy movie ever.
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