Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers 保罗·施拉德, 约翰·法莱斯 and 奥利佛·斯通. He also filmed a novel of 斯蒂芬·金: 魔女嘉莉 (1976). Another important film was 铁面无私 (1987) with a script by 大卫·马梅 adapted from the TV series.