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Brian De Palma
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Birth Date:September 11, 1940
Astrology Sign:Virgo
Chinese Sign:Dragon - Yang
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Occupation:Film/TV Director

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Brian De Palma

Biography:Brian De Palma (born September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an Italian-American film director.

De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the Movie Brat generation of film directors, a distinct pedigree who either emerged from film schools or are overtly cine-literate. His contemporaries include Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, John Milius, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, De Palma worked repeatedly with actors Jennifer Salt, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen (his wife from 1979 to 1983), William Finley, Charles Durning, Gerrit Graham, cinematographers Stephen H. Burum and Vilmos Zsigmond, set designer Jack Fisk, and composers Bernard Herrmann and Pino Donaggio. De Palma is credited with fostering the careers of or outright discovering Robert De Niro, Jill Clayburgh, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, and Margot Kidder. De Palma has encouraged and fostered the filmmaking careers of directors such as Mark Romanek and Keith Gordon. Terrence Malick credits seeing De Palma's early films on college campus tours as a validation of independent film, and subsequently switched his attention from philosophy to filmmaking.

De Palma, whose background is Italian Catholic, was raised in Philadelphia and New Jersey in various Protestant and Quaker schools. The frisson between the Catholic and Protestant ethic is exemplified in De Palma's cinema, where the grand guignol exists alongside the status quo, where the normal is made epic and the extraordinary deflated into the mainstream.

Enrolled at Columbia as a physics student, De Palma became enraptured with the filmmaking process after viewing Citizen Kane and Vertigo. He switched majors and enrolled at the newly coed Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1960s, becoming one of the first male students among a female population. Once there, influences as various as drama teacher Wilford Leach, the Maysles brothers, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard, Andy Warhol and Alfred Hitchcock impressed upon De Palma the many styles and themes that would shape his own cinema in the coming decades. An early association with discovery Robert De Niro resulted in The Wedding Party, codirected with Leach and producer Cynthia Munroe. The film was shot in 1963 but remained unreleased until 1969, when De Palma's star had risen sufficiently within the Greenwich Village filmmaking scene, though De Niro's remained low enough for the credits to display his name as "Robert Denero". Various small films for the NAACP and The Treasury Department followed.

Early efforts Greetings and Hi, Mom! (starring De Niro) espouse a Leftist revolutionary viewpoint common of their era, and experiments in narrative and intertextuality reflect De Palma's stated intention to become the "American Godard." Hi, Mom!, in its Be Black, Baby sequence, parodies cinéma vérité, championed by the documentary movement of the late 1960s, while simultaneously providing the audience with as visceral and disturbingly emotional an experience as fiction film can provide, and remains a significant touchstone in interpreting De Palma's filmography.

Achievements: (Filmography)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Body Double (1984)
Scarface (1983)
Carrie (1976)
Obsession (1976)
Fury (1936)

Chinese Horoscope for Brian De Palma
Includes characteristics and Vices
Brian De Palma's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 08, 1940 - January 26, 1941
Birthday: September 11, 1940

The Dragon is a Yang,
and is the Fifth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Good Health

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Brian De Palma's Personality Tarot Card The Chariot - Personality Card

Birthday: September 11, 1940

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Brian De Palma's Growth Tarot Card The Hermit

Birthday: September 11, 2023

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.




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