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.
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…
Phantom of the Pardise was released a year before The Rocky Horror Picture Show; both films initially bombed, but while Rocky Horror has become the biggest cult movie of all time, Phantom of the Paradise has always had a much smaller fan base, outside of its massive and enduring popularity in Winnipeg (seriously). Phantom of the Paradise is also a better movie than Rocky Horror; having once attended a live show of Rocky Horror wearing a lovely velvet dress and a pair of enormous fake breasts, I don't say this lightly. While both movies feature awesome soundtracks and smashing glam-era eye candy, Phantom of the Paradise is smarter, sadder and more rewarding; a tour-de-force for Brian De Palma's playfully flamboyant…
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
Well, I guess it just goes to show; don't sign your soul away in blood to a record producer played by Paul Williams who MIGHT also happen to be a Satanist. If you were to tell me that Brian De Palma made a grand macabre Phantom-of-the-Opera-inspired rock opera in the 70's and when better, made it EXTREMELY well, I probably wouldn't believe you. But, uh, wow; here it is.
The film is a fairly cynical commentary about how easily and how often real artists are manipulated by the slaves of Greed, but at the same time it's frequently flamboyant in a way that keeps it from ever being too overbearingly depressing. Such energy, such passion, such sheer horrorshow; and oh,…
I've heard about this movie for a while, and was pleasantly surprised when I watched it! The movie is excellent and has some really catchy songs! Plus the Phantom looks and sounds amazingly creepy! When this hits bluray, it will be an instant buy. A new favorite.
I'd like to someday see all of Brian De Palma's films, so now I'm one film closer.
I had always heard this was a special and weird film. It is both of those things. I'm not a huge musical/rock opera fan, so this isn't quite targeted at me.
But I dug the pastiche of it all... and the costumes and set design were pretty marvelous.
I don't think there's a way I can intelligently argue why I loved this film so much. I just do. It's my kind of weird.
Even though I'm a De Palma fanboy, I must admit...I liked Rocky Horror Picture Show more. Tim Curry > Paul Williams, I'm sorry. Love (love) the music, but it's so hard to hate little Williams. His collab with Daft Punk this summer is the best song on Random Access Memories. An extra 10 minutes could have also been spent with Phoenix, rendering the tragedy at the end hollow. She barely knew Wilson/The Phantom.
Still, Williams' music and De Palma's vibrant visual flair sum up to a hypnotic rock opera. The amazing "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye" opening sequence gives way to a cinematic universe where hell manifests itself in exorbitant paperwork and illusory freedoms. It looks something like the United States.
The cult is deserved. Anyone who sees Phantom of the Paradise has signed a concealed contract in blood, which indicates that they are cool.
I've never been scared by a film until the day I saw this one. The scene where the Phantom observes Phoenix cuddling willingly with the producer from the ceiling and is unable to do anything is absolutely terrifying.
This one is bonkers. Possibly a bit too bonkers. De Palma movies can really be hit and miss, and although I liked elements of this, it does veer towards being one of his lesser films. You have to give him credit for effort though and for making exactly the movie that he wanted to. And although I do have a soft spot for Jessica Harper, this one just didn't cut the mustard for me.
He dormido poco (no empecé ya una vez…), tengo hambre y quiero acostarme. Solo debería decir que la vean cuanto antes y descubran algo nuevo y maravilloso, pero después del especial De Palma que llevo, no detenerme aunque sea unas líneas más en este totalmente diferente espectáculo visual tiraría todo por la borda.
Vayan al 3 de enero de esta misma página y lean el párrafo que le dediqué a Black Swan. Ahora eliminen las metáforas insulsas y la construcción pocha. Sustitúyanlo por el buen hacer de De Palma y lo cuidado de su trato, por detalles independientes y palabras medidas que valen más que toda la película de Aronofsky. Cojan el paralelismo del Cisne Negro entre su historia y…
La segunda pelicula de Brian De Palma a principios de los '70 es una delirante pelicula musical que nada tiene que ver con su posterior filmografia. Una autentica cinta de culto para amantes de lo raro!!
Un desordenado caos que el director (que dos años despues dirigiria la famosa Carrie), en un latigazo de genialidad pone en orden con su magistral dominio de la camara haciendo disfrutable su excentrico film.
Una banda sonora bestial a cargo de uno de sus protagonistas en la pelicula, Paul Williams, hace de este musical una delicia para los oidos de los fans del punk y lo gotico.
Critica que recae sobre el mundo discorgrafico, muchas veces manipulador de vidas y artistas en pos de…