De Palma's film weaves a macabre tapestry of horror, mystery, and suspense centered around the brutal murder of a sexually frustrated New York City housewife (Angie Dickinson) following her afternoon tryst with a stranger she picks up at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sole witness to the murder, a prostitute, teams up with the victim's son and therapist to track down the killer. From the opening shower scene to the nearly 10-minute silent tracking shot of Dickinson's character following the man in the museum, Dressed to Kill brims with thematic and stylistic nods to Hitchcock. Rated R.
Dressed to Kill
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Brian De Palma, 1980, 105 min., 35mm
Image: Brian De Palma, Dressed to Kill (still), 1980; courtesy Orion Pictures/Photofest; © Orion Pictures