Suddenly, Brian De Palma is hot. Again.
The veteran director - 67 today - has been in the film business for at least 40 years and made almost as many pictures in that time. Some of these have been hits(Carrie, Scarface, Body Double, The Untouchables), but a whole lot have not - think Femme Fatale from five years ago, or - pause here and shudder - 1990's The Bonfire of the Vanities.
Now the New Jersey native appears to be back on the winning side of the ledger with a searing film about the losing American war effort in Iraq called Redacted, produced by two relatively unknown Canadians, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss. On the weekend, De Palma received the Silver Lion Award for best feature-film director for the movie at the Venice International Film Festival, a first in his career.