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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…
/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.…
Note to self: If I ever pen a rock opera revolving around a modern update of the story of Faust, and am then forced to sign a contract concerning said opera, please make sure that said contract is not ominously Faustian, and/or at the very least that I do not sign it in blood while the drafter goes on about my immortal soul and hints at ownership thereof being transferred to said drafter.
Also, stay away from anyone who looks the vaguest bit like 70s-era Paul Williams, for reasons entirely unrelated. That means you, Jonathan Lipnicki; and several reoccurring hellbeasts from my periodic night terrors.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
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…
Film Club: August 4-10
The film for this week is Brian de Palma's magnum opus, Phantom of the Paradise.
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"It's fucking bonkers. But a ton of good midnight madness fun."
"Note to self: If I ever pen a rock opera revolving around a modern update of the story of Faust..."
"The acting, special effects, etc was all terrible. It just looked so cheesy in the worst way possible."
-James "Bad Taste" Healey
"If this film had…
Blu-ray. Scream Factory.
Blu-ray. Scream Factory.
i don't know how i never knew of this film until a couple of months ago. this film was fun from start to finish. in fact i wish it had been a little longer. this could have only been made in the 70's. the music was electrifying and had my toe tapping. paul williams should have played a villain more. the split screen sequence during "upholstery" was trademark brian de palma. it occurred to me while watching this that the 70's was when blood started to make more of an appearance in films and they (who is they?) did not have it quite down yet. the phantom had it pretty rough but he did have that room with wall to wall modular synths. is it too late to ask my friends to start calling me beef?
Pure De Palma fun!
Applying his distinct visual style full of refracted images, split frames, and split diopter aided deep focus compositions to an operatic mish-mash of classic horror tales, mainly Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Grey with a touch of Faust, DePalma creates a dizzying, romantic art vs. commerce tragedy. The familiarity of the narrative sources frees DePalma up to eschew character development and plot progression in favor of serving up beautifully shot and edited musical numbers that make excellent use of the film's highly stylized cast of characters which blend '50s greaser and barbershop influences with '70s hippie culture, throwing in the vinyl clad, futuristic-gothic nightmare of the phantom.
Swan is an awesome bad guy, in all his smallness. An awesome movie.... Brian De Palma pre Scarface, a catchy song, a reworking of a classic storyline, and cheesy 70's effects.
Entered Flickchart at 459
Oddly this film is possibly the third most-watched film in my 'repertoire' after "A Christmas Carol" and "Zulu".
And tonight I added another viewing to its tally. I think I first saw it on TV when I was 8 or 9. Then whenever I saw it come back on I watched it again - pretty much growing up with it as much as with the previously mentioned titles.
It's impossible for me to review "Phantom of the Paradise" without being highly aware of the nostalgia it evokes. It remains one of my all-time favourites.
Still.fucking . Awesome .
I love a good De Palma jam, but this isn't one of my favorites. Maybe it's all the 70's light rock crammed between all the coked out mirror shots. This movie is like an AM radio musical. I have a pretty low tolerance for tinkling pianos and ballads, but I do love the glammed out tour de force featuring Beef and that zombie-makeuped gang slashing audience members with guitar daggers. More Beef, less Paul Williams! "This place is POSSESSED!"
De Palma directs the hell out of this, as usual, but I feel he hasn't quite hit his stride. Phantom of the Paradise looks a little sloppy around the edges and feels so slow! A good hour drags along before we get to the meat and potatoes of this musical.
Still, second-tier De Palma is better than 93284293854 of movies out there. Loved that roaming camera and (of course) another solid, though unnecessary, split screen sequence.
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