Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible highly praised by AV Club reviewer

In a recent review by John Semley at the AV Club Intellect's Un-American Psycho gets compared to Hitchcock's Vertigo, now that can't be a bad thing...

"Un-American Psycho is a comparable work, organized in large part around salvaging the reputation of Brian De Palma, another filmmaker whose name is commonly (and usually negatively) mentioned in the same breath as Hitchcock’s. Debut author Chris Dumas proceeds from the position that De Palma has been widely scolded (or worse, ignored) throughout his career. While early films like Greetings and Hi, Mom! were strongly of a piece with the aesthetic and political revolutions of the so-called New Hollywood of the late ’60s and early ’70s, they’re rarely mentioned in surveys of the era. (In his bestselling oral history of the period, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, author Peter Biskind mentions De Palma only in passing, as if it’s just assumed that he’s not as worthy of study as Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese.)...

Dumas isn’t just using the director, or his films, instrumentally to advance his own far-out theories. Instead, he’s situating them within contexts and critical conversations that seem entirely suitable. Dumas is giving De Palma his due. And in so doing, he’s arming the next generation of hardened De Palma defenders with some seriously heavy artillery. "

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Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible

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