DE PALMA & DE NIRO: THE EARLY FILMS
Out 12 NOVEMBER / Cert 15 / 267 Mins
Some 25 years before The Untouchables, Brian De Palma and robert De Niro started making movies together. this three-film collection shows off their nascent, rough-hewn genius. Well, two of them do. their feature debut, The Wedding Party, is a cheapo, flashy-but-patchy nuptials-based comedy, with De Niro as a groomsman. But Greetings (in my De Palma top three) and sequel Hi Mom! are a class apart, stunning snapshots of 1960s counterculture taking in JFK, porn, Vietnam, experimental theatre, class divisions and racial anxieties. Before he got into Hitchcock mode, you see De Palma is at his most fun, improvisational, freewheeling and human, while De Niro burns a hole in a screen as a voyeur-turned-adult filmmaker. If De Niro had stuck with De Palma over Scorsese, things might have turned out very different. At least, more split screen-y.