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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…
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…
/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.
Finally!!! Got my Arrow Steelbook in the mail <3
Just simply iconic, brilliant and a De-Palma-Musical! It's so hard to believe that Rocky Horror came after.
Watching the Swan Archives extra helps you envision what an utter masterpiece this would have been had all the Swan Song references had survived...
Not to take away from what it is though, Paul William's music catchy, lovely and rockin'. Jessica Harper debut's like a boss. William Finley is our De Palma Player extraordinaire. Gerrit is beef-a-rific.
So many great shots & optical effects... Must be re-watched soon!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Part of my 20 least favorite film viewing experiences list.
Phantom of the Paradise, simply put, is my least favorite film in terms of cinematography that I've ever seen. Shot on, seemingly, low quality video with a color palette that would be rejected by most cheap motels and framing that never seems to have any idea what the focus of the majority of the shots should be.
Perhaps, there's something in the plot or acting to grab onto, but when you feel like you're simply watching carpet mold for hours, it's hard to feel like anything else is relevant. Beyond that, I found the music to be unmemorable, and the film itself to have none of what I like about musicals in it. There are movies with people singing and musicals, and this film is clearly the former.
very entertaining and really strange
Phantom is the perfect example of a cult classic, an older film that still has a following and is still enjoyable now.
The film is a mixture of great songs, OTT performances, brilliant characters and an excellent story.
If you like De Palma and Walter Hill's early films you will love this.
Como musical no vale mucho pero eh.
De Palma is having a ball here, much funnier than his more up front comedies, and shows his gift with actors as well as his ability to marshal all this craziness into some sort of recognizable structure. (Review by Jason Abbey) www.themoviewaffler.com/2014/03/bluray-review-phantom-of-paradise-1974.html
Arrow Video steelbook blu-ray. Stunning edition of a very guilty pleasure
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