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Phantom of the Paradise
The Most Highly Acclaimed Horror Phantasy Of Our Time.
Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The Phantom. Leach signs contract with Swan to complete rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. Double crossed by Swan who hires heavy metal singer Beef, Leach exacts his vengeance.
This is my favourite movie of all time -- one of the films that I will vehemently defend against all criticisms. I own the film on VHS and DVD; I imported the only blu ray version available from France; I own the soundtrack on CD and vinyl. I have a cult obsession with this film and I absolutely fucking adore every thing about it. I've seen it hundreds of times; this is my go-to film to put me in a good mood.
But why do I love this film so much?
There are a lot of ways to answer that question, but perhaps the best place to start is with the music. Paul Williams' music is incredibly energetic an fun…
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
/tv/ Film Club Week 2: Musicals
Look, Philbin. I am a professional. I have been in this business a long time. Now if I don't want to perform, it's not because I got stage fright. It's because some creature from beyond doesn't want me to do the show. Now gangway.
When you think of Brian DePalma, ones thoughts probably immediately jump to Scarface, Blow Out, Carrie or The Untouchables. You probably didn't think DePalma's name would be in any way attached to an obscure, flamboyant rock opera from the 70's....
Yeah, me neither.
But now whenever I hear his name I'm not going to be able to stop my brain from immediately thinking of this dark and dastardly fun musical.…
I'd never realized this before, but when Phoenix sings "Old Souls" and becomes an instant sensation, she's exactly like Albuquerque singing "It Don't Worry Me" at the end of Nashville, which was released some eight months later. In both cases, a star is murdered onstage mid-performance, and these relative nobodies are sent out to pacify the audience. These scenes draw on a show biz movie cliché at least as old as 42nd Street—"You're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!"—though I think both De Palma and Altman (the latter working with Joan Tewkesbury) have something more cynical, more incisive in mind.
Like Nashville, Phantom is a ruthless satire of the music industry whose political scope…
Brian De Palma is the K I N G
De Palma is becoming one of my favorite director's and I have yet to see Scarface.
Faustian tragedy played out as farcical rock opera ("Death Records" couldn't be more appropriate). Irreverently cinematic.
A man sells his soul to the devil to become a pop star in order to write a song about a man who sells his soul to the devil to become a pop star, but the devil himself had already sold his own soul (to become a pop star).
Artistic integrity fighting for success in a world run by popular tastes (the evil producer is played by the man who actually wrote all the music for the film—a beautiful and topical irony).
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Is everyone good?
I didn't like this movie all that much.
Yeah it was fun. Yeah Jessica Harper is always amazing. Yeah the cinematography was good. I couldn't help but think it was missing something though. I couldn't put my finger on it while I was watching it but then it hit me when I was done. It was trying too damn hard.
I couldn't help but think that the people behind this movie were just trying to throw whatever they could into a movie to make it kitschy and campy and…
Jumps from genre to genre -- both musically and cinematically -- with such wild abandon that it sometimes feels like being thrown head first into an orgy of light and sound. DePalma has always been accused of ripping-off Hitchcock, but if PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE shows us anything, it's that DePalma has many influences and inspirations, and that they all coalesce into something energetic, fascinating, morbid, and wholly its own.
This Phantom of the Opera/Faust rock-opera mashup is about a brilliant musician named Winslow who gets his work stolen and his life ruined by a music mogul named Swan. After getting his face horribly scarred during a failed attempt at vandalizing Swan's music studio, Winslow is presumed dead... until he resurfaces as "The Phantom" of \ Swan's new rock club The Paradise. Driven insane by revenge and the desire to see his work performed as he originally intended, the Phantom terrorizes the Paradise to get the spotlight for the woman he wrote his music for - Phoenix.
From that point, the movie goes a bit bonkers, but in a fun way! I really enjoyed this film. Brian de Palma's mastery…
EVERY SINGLE SONG IS A BANGER!!!
Esta película es como un rio. De ella se desprendieron, se desprenderán y se copiaran todas las películas musicales que vengan. Esta versión libre del Fantasma de la Opera y del Fausto de Goethe, tiene además de la calidad de Brian de Palma, un máximo plus en la música y la letra de las canciones de Paul Williams. Es una, podríamos decir, ópera pop, de la que han bebido hasta emborracharse Queen, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paul Mccartney. The Who, el recientemente fallecido David Bowie, y siguen las firmas.
Es tan extraordinaria y de visión imprescindible para cualquiera que tenga intenciones de tocar algo, mas no sea un triangulo. Si compran el DVD. Éste viene con la traducción de los temas…
This movie was actually a really good suprise. Didn't know anything about it at all when I rolled there film, except that Brian depalma was directing.
Loved the artstyle, camerawork æ, music and just about everything. Really cool stuff.
Batshit crazy nonstop ride of exhilaration, entertainment, hillariocity and great music. Total frigging bombshell, works on all occasions.
High school me was SAVED by this movie.
I could watch Jessica Harper do anything.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…