A new documentary titled De Palma is seeing release this week from directors Jake Paltrow (The Good Night, Boardwalk Empire) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). The film is a chronicle of the life and work of acclaimed director Brian De Palma, whose major body of work has spanned from the 1970s to the present with films like Carrie (1976), a Stephen King novel, Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scent of a Woman) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Batman Returns), and The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner (Waterworld, Dances with Wolves), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Casino), and Sean Connery (Diamonds are Forever, The Hunt for Red October). Despite all of the acclaim and success earned by these films, De Palma is one of the many artists who has never been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Untouchables saw Sean Connery win his first Oscar in 1988, Carrie earned actresses Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie Oscar nominations, but De Palma, himself, has never once even received a nomination for Best Director. Not even Scarface came up for a nomination in 1983, and let’s face it, that’s one of the most famous movies ever made! But hell, we’re talking about the Oscars, so who’s surprised really?
Anyway, if you think you haven’t seen a lot of De Palma movies, you’ve probably seen more than you know. He went on into the 90s to direct such classics as Carlito’s Way (another one with Pacino), the original Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise (Top Gun, War of the Worlds), and Mission to Mars, which featured an all-star cast including Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, The Green Mile), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River), and Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Miles Ahead). The trailer for the new documentary is available here on MADE. If you get a chance, be sure to check it out this weekend.