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3.5
1,979 Ratings

Sisters

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1973
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, De Palma’s first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann.

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Sisters Directed by Brian De Palma
De Palma’s obsessive use of doubles starts with the title (familial bonds, “right on!” feminism) and extends to the film itself with bifurcated frames, parallel montage (a birthday endearment scrawled letter by letter on a cake while the medicated heroine writhes on the bathroom floor) and, finally, the split-screen of a stabbed camera.
September 24, 2012
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SISTERS is no insular work, pillaging all its best ideas from Hollywood’s graying masters, but a living, beating, furious wasp’s nest of a work, stable at a distance, but ready to explode with the slightest touch.
January 10, 2014
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Though De Palma’s own images can’t rival Hitchcock’s in shot-by-shot psychological power, the intricate multiple-perspective split-screen sequences of “Sisters” offer a dense and elaborate counterpoint that conjures a sense of psychological dislocation and information overload belonging to De Palma’s own generation and times. De Palma’s cinephilic devotion… is conflicted and cautionary—he sees movies as a source of hidden truths that risk becoming traps and delusions.
May 20, 2016
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