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Hellbilly
12-02-2002, 09:55 PM
I dunno if this is the right place but I guess de Palma's thriller is a slasher of some sorts so...

Anyways, there's this one scene that always makes me go "eh?"
It's right after Angie Dickinson's character getting down in the taxi cab with that guy she "met" in the museum, they stop at that dudes apartment building, both step out of the cab and Dickinson turns her head to the left -twice- obviously seeing something/somebody? she knows?
I paused that scene many times and watched it in slo-mo but I can't seem to recognize anybody familiar standing and/or walking there, not even Elliot as "Bobby" in drag.
This always bugged to hell outta me. What's up with that scene?
Anybody got a clue?

DefJeff
12-02-2002, 10:27 PM
i always thought she saw the killer .. and she did the double take because she thought she recignized him

STREET TRASH
12-02-2002, 11:07 PM
Put it this way:

If you were going to cheat on your wife/husband and walk into a strange building with someone whom you barely know, you too would probably be a bit on-edge. Shit, I'd be glancing and double-checking my surroundings, no doubt. I think De Palma wanted to show how nervous, worried, hesitant Dickinson's character was over the situation.

Or maybe I'm wrong and she was trying to break out a stiff neck ;)

STREET TRASH
12-02-2002, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by DefJeff
i always thought she saw the killer .. and she did the double take because she thought she recignized him

Funny you mention that. In the scene right BEFORE Dickinson enters the taxi cab, the camera actually pans past the killer! Especially cool since we haven't yet been introduced to the killer.

DefJeff
12-03-2002, 04:06 AM
yea, i remembered that ... i didnt acutally catch it in the movie, but i think they mentioned it in one of the making of or interviews on the disc.. and on following viewings, i always thought of that and thats why i thought that was the reason

dwatts
12-03-2002, 07:48 AM
I watched the "unrated" version of this just two nights ago. Anyone else find the opening shower sequence rather long and pointless? And damn - no surprise about the body double, with Angie Dickenson's head being 40, with the body of a 20 year old. The pans from the breasts to the crotch, avoiding the head, were done in a very lazy way. It was like they were not even trying to fool the audience into thinking this was Dickenson. And the scene in the gallery, which as an artistic statement might have been great, was just too long, with horrid music.
Not a bad film though - but it was not the "classic" I had thought it was, many moons ago.

maringo
12-03-2002, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by dwatts
Anyone else find the opening shower sequence rather long and pointless? And damn - no surprise about the body double, with Angie Dickenson's head being 40, with the body of a 20 year old. The pans from the breasts to the crotch, avoiding the head, were done in a very lazy way. It was like they were not even trying to fool the audience into thinking this was Dickenson.

Well it was a dream sequence, so the younger looking body was part of the Angie Dickenson character's fantasy.

dwatts
12-03-2002, 09:09 PM
--LOL-- Well, in the documentary on the DVD, she admits she just didn't want to do the nude stuff "after years of being Police Woman". nice try though, I almost bought it :)

Andrew
12-04-2002, 03:40 AM
You had a problem with the shower scene? :D

dwatts
12-04-2002, 09:58 AM
Yup - sure did. It's just out of place. Some chick - obviously not the actress playing the part, lathering up her breasts and crotch. BORING. and nothing to do with the movie. If I want to be titilated, well, that' what porn is for.

Hellbilly
11-17-2003, 07:38 PM
Put it this way:

If you were going to cheat on your wife/husband and walk into a strange building with someone whom you barely know, you too would probably be a bit on-edge. Shit, I'd be glancing and double-checking my surroundings, no doubt. I think De Palma wanted to show how nervous, worried, hesitant Dickinson's character was over the situation.

Or maybe I'm wrong and she was trying to break out a stiff neck ;)Well, I watched Dressed To Kill again last night and that scene just won't stop to puzzle me. Maybe you're right about de Palma's intentions to show us how nervous she was but ... why didn't she turn her head to the right side also? :eek2:
There might be a possibility that Dickinson got a brief glance of "Bobbi" (just like we did) looking at the cab after leaving the museum - but since she actually never saw "Bobbi" before I'm certain there was no need to worry entering the dudes apartment because of some blonde chick she "might" have seen looking at the cab.

Ah fuck it. Maybe it was because of her stiff neck after all.

etale
11-21-2003, 08:13 AM
I think that she was trying to make sure that no one recognized her.

Tuzotonic
06-22-2004, 02:54 AM
I finally got around to watching this movie the other night and I really like it. My only complaint was that it took a half an hour for this movie to get interesting. I almost fell asleep during the art gallery scene. It did start to get fun though when Angie Dickinson gets slashed in the elevator. From then on I was completely into the movie. I can see why De Palma gets called either a Hitchcock rip off artist or the new Hitchcock depending on your opinion. In this movie there are obvious similarities to both Rear Window and Psycho. There are probably even more references but since I am no where near an expert on Hitchcock films these were the only ones I could pick out. While the body double (ironically the name of another De Palma film) looks great in the opening shower scene, I couldn't get the scene. It didn't make sense to me especially the part where the man attacks her. I also wonder what people think when they say that I look like a young Michael Caine (which I have heard at least 10 times over the last few years) if they have seen this movie. This is certainly a umm... different role for him. Unfortunatly the "twist" was easy to figure out.