DRESSED TO KILL (1980): A mysterious woman murders a psychiatrist’s patient, and now she’s after the prostitute who witnessed it.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

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  • doublejnyc

    Shame, shame, shame on you guys for showing a completely neutered cut of this film (Dressed To Kill). I can understand you not showing the Unrated cut, but the R rated version, while very racy and violent, is quite tastefully done. There are also a lot non-sexual pieces of scenes taken out so the film is rushed and there are random dips to black between scenes where there shouldn’t be.

    Why is this? I recall seeing a few Masterpiece Theater programs from years ago that were quite saucy. I’m very disappointed.

    If you don’t have the integrity to show a film like this as it was released in theaters then stick to period pieces and vintage B/W dramas like Howard’s End or Philadelphia Story.

  • nyc

    oh please DRESSED TO KILL IS A CLASSIC! Brian De Palma is a genius so any version on Channel 13 PBS is great to show the film to audiences who may have never otherwise saw or heard of the film.

  • Bryan Lowder

    Dear Reel 13,

    I have been an avid viewer of your Saturday night film series for some time and look forward to the program on a weekly basis. However, I regret to say that I was terribly disappointed in your recent treatment of the Brian De Palma film, Dressed to Kill on November 12, 2011. While I respect your editorial discretion in choosing to show any film on the program, I do think that when playing a film that is so blatantly transphobic, your host should have at least noted the problematic nature of this film’s hostile portrayal of an already stigmatized group of people. Of course, I do not expect Reel 13 to be a space for nuanced analysis of these kinds of issues—there obviously isn’t the time for that. However, I do expect WNET and PBS in general to be a space for intelligent, sensitive programming; Reel 13’s condoning presentation of this film’s pathologizing and mocking of transsexuals and the implicit assumption that all viewers would be at ease with (or even enjoy comedically!) this gross misrepresentation were disheartening and hurtful. As a member of the LGBT community, I was deeply disappointed in Reel 13’s laziness and seeming ignorance on this issue. I would encourage you to issue a correction on a future broadcast.

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    J. Bryan Lowder

    Thirteen Member

  • laustcawz

    I didn’t have a chance before, but to answer the question about my favorite DePalma film, I’d have to say it’s a 3-way-tie: “Sisters” (1973); “Carrie” (1976); & “Blow Out” (1981). “Dressed To Kill” is pretty good, too, though.