In their intimate and insightful documentary De Palma, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow sit down with the legendary filmmaker to discuss his audacious career. With no authorial voices included, the film takes the form of a two-hour introspective monologue, in which the maestro reflects on his directorial approach and why he loves filming beautiful women so much. Digital Editor Violet Lucca spoke first with Baumbach and Paltrow about De Palma (and De Palma), and then with FSLC Editorial Director Michael Koresky and critic and FC contributor Ashley Clark about the documentary and De Palma’s films, including Dressed to KillCarlito’s WayCarrie, and Femme Fatale.

On June 8, De Palma, Baumbach, and Paltrow will participate in a Free Talk at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; De Palma opens June 10, and will screen alongside a retrospective of the director’s films at Metrograph theater.