Cinema: A Movable Feast

CARRIE Directed by BRIAN DE PALMA Screenplay by LAWRENCE D. COHEN

At its simplest level, Carrie is a rendering of that familiar fairy tale of the adolescent misfit—misunderstood and cruelly treated by a parent, despised and tormented by her peers—who finally turns on them all and gains dramatic, and emotionally satisfying, revenge.

But Carrie's ultimate triumph is spectacular beyond anything one is used to in this antique genre. Brian De Palma's sure and powerfully individual style, blending romance, darkish satirical humor and suspenseful spookiness, transforms what could have been dreary stuff. From...

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