- article: Cinema of Failed Revolt: Brian De Palma and the Death(s) of the Left
- author(s): Chris Dumas
- journal: Cinema Journal (2012)
- issue: volume 51, issue 3, pages 1-24
- journal ISSN: 1527-2087
- publisher: University of Texas Press
- keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, Cahiers du Cinéma, Cameras, Chicago, Illinois, Chris Dumas, Claude Chabrol, David Sterritt, Discipline, Dramatic arts, Feminism, Film, Film studies, Filmmakers, Fredric Jameson, Get to Know Your Rabbit, Grammar, Hitchcock (1967) by François Truffaut, Janet Leigh, Jean-Luc Godard, Laura Mulvey, Left-wing politics, Marion Crane, Motion picture festivals, Motion pictures, New York City, New York, North by Northwest (1959), Pauline Kael, Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), Richard Corliss, Robert Altman, Robert Stam, Robin Wood, Scholars, Slavoj Žižek, Stanley Cavell, Warner Bros., William Rothman, Works
Focusing particularly on his first studio feature, Get to Know Your Rabbit (1970), this essay argues that Brian De Palma, director of Scarface (1983) and Body Double (1984), is an exemplar of Godardian "political" filmmaking. Potential consonances between De Palma's career and the historical development of Film Studies as a discipline are also outlined.