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Film, Comedy

Time Out says

A blast from the past which recalls De Palma's beginnings as a really eclectic independent. Made for $95,000 after the unexpected success of his anarchic Greetings, this is the sequel to end all sequels. De Niro plays variations on a Vietnam vet returning to NY as, variously, a 'peep art' porno movie-maker, an urban guerilla, and an insurance salesman. At least that's the framing excuse for an increasingly lunatic series of set piece gags. 'Be Black Baby' is a skit on off-Broadway 'encounter theatre', in which a middle class white audience is terrorised by black actors in whiteface. Shot by De Palma in visceral vérité, it actually is terrifying. Structurally, the film never recovers - but then its main merit is a refusal to 'hang together'. Anarchic and very appealing.

By: IC


Release details

86 mins

Cast and crew

Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro
Jennifer Salt
Lara Parker
Gerrit Graham
Nelson Peltz
Allen Garfield
Charles Durning
Paul Bartel
Paul Hirsch
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