Brian De Palma’s need to know more in ‘Redacted’

"I've hardly ever been in step with much," Brian De Palma said at a recent New York Film Festival media conference for his new movie, "Redacted," and that offhand remark sums up his career as well as anything. After more than 40 years making films and nearly five years into the Iraq war, as Hollywood addresses that mess via mainstream releases like "In the Valley of Elah" and "Rendition," De Palma has made a raw, upsetting movie that has no interest in healing or any of the other Oprah-isms that constitute "adult" filmmaking in Hollywood.

"Redacted," shot in Jordan in about 2 1/2 weeks on high-definition video, is based on a real incident in which American soldiers raped a teenage Iraqi girl, then killed her and her family. The story is similar to the one in De Palma's 1989 Vietnam film "Casualties of War," virtually ignored at the time of its release. But the Iraq war is happening in the time of blogs, camcorders and the Internet, and "Redacted," which opens Nov. 16, tells its entire story through a montage of those media, as well as surveillance cameras, news reports, terrorist websites -- nearly all of it re-created from what De Palma found on the Web. (He was not legally able to follow his impulse to edit this actual footage into a film.

(Source: LA Times)

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