One of the finest yet also misunderstood filmmakers of the 70s, De Palma is not just a lover
of recycling and excess, he is also one of the most visually original and virtuous filmmakers
of the last decades. His virtuosity is not only expressed through his complex unbroken shots
or his creative use of slow motion and split screen, but also through the invention of
cinematic forms that allow him to express his often pessimistic worldview.
In these four lectures, we will take four masterpieces of his to analyze in depth and
therefore understand an artist who, though at the brink of retirement, continues to
make films characterized by their vitality and influence.