P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:00:10    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA He's the man who brought you the railway staircase scene in The Untouchables and Carrie's bloodstained arm from almost beyond the grave. Brian De Palma is responsible for some of the most vivid images in cinema. And his latest film, Snake Eyes, is out this weekend. The conspiracy/murder action drama has several classic De Palma touches. It's infused with sinister undertones and X-Files-full of paranoia. ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Jeff Hayward in Hollywood NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:00:10    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA Brian De Palma's work has been called the "cinema of cynicism" and it shows. Snake Eyes (out now) centres on the assassination of a US Secretary of Defense at a boxing match. Nicolas Cage plays a very corrupt cop who witnesses the killing and discovers there's a five-man conspiracy going on. Snake Eyes is about the director's deep suspicion of authority. Like every baby boomer De Palma was deeply moved by the 1963 Kennedy assassination. ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Competitions 465 Movie videos 464 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:01:32    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA "Th—re are no absolutes any more. Everything is relative and my films are always commenting on the times we live in," says Brian De Palma. "The truth is I'm amazed at what I see in front of me all the time. It gets into your work," says De Palma, 57. "I couldn't help but be affected by Kennedy's assassination. And Bobby Kennedy's death too. I went through the decade, it was wild. You cannot help but be affected by that." ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Top 10 films 463 Top 10 videoq 464 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:01:50    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA Snake Eyes reconstructs a murder from three viewpoints. It centres on fra4d within the defence industry. It's that old military/industrial complex thing. Will Smith was initially cast in the lead but his $15m asking fee was too high for the producers. There are some limits. Then Al Pacino was brought on board. He vacillated. Cue Forrest Gump's Gary Sinise, one of the most respected character actors in the US. ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Total Entertainment 400 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:03:00    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA In a staggering moment of movie incompetence, it was discovered that Nicolas Cage was double booked. He was due to make Superman Reborn while Snake Eyes was shot. To top it all shooting in Atlantic City Arena clashed with the Miss America Pageant. The casino/ringside set had to be re-built in Montreal. Then De Palma was asked to tone down the movie's violence by the ratings board. ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— Letters: e-mail screen@teletext.co.uk NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:01:31    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA Snake Eyes is set in a casino. Director Brian De Palma hates them. "They're grotesquely evil and do nothing but destroy everything they come in contact with. "But no one seems to care about this. It doesn't matter to them that people are losing their social security cheques in there," he says. Time has moderated De Palma. His misogynistic tendencies have gone, replaced by a more mellow outlook. ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Letters: e-mail screen@teletext.co.uk NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
P462 Teletext 462 Nov 6 21:04:41    ———  ——————————————————————————————— THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA Brian De Palma is delving into the dark underbelly of America. His next project is about the weird life of billionaire Howard Hughes. "He was an emblem for America and then went completely nuts," says the director. ——————————————————————————————————————— FILM REVIEW PHONELINE 0906 471 0501 To hear our latest movie reviews press 1 Titanic; 2 The Truman Show; 3 Mulan; 4 Saving Private Ryan; 5 There's Something About Mary. ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— T+ 60p/min. May involve long call NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Film Local films Planet Sound Stage
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