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In a career spanning almost 50 years, celebrated American director Brian De Palma has flirted with critical success in films such as Carrie, Dressed To Kill, Blowout, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way and Mission: Impossible. However, he has never been acknowledged with a nomination at the Academy Awards or achieved the kind of global success of his peers including Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg. Filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow provide De Palma with the perfect forum to talk at length about his life and career in this fascinating documentary, which unfolds in the words of the subject. He reminisces about his triumphs and failures, including the making of the music video for Bruce Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark, as well as the debt he owes to Hitchcock for some of his directorial flourishes. He shares entertaining anecdotes about his leading men and women including Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Sean Penn and Sissy Spacek, interspersed with an exhaustive selection of clips from his filmography.