Movies that are slightly off.
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).
”I am a professional. I have been in this business a long time. Now if I don't want to do a show, it's not because I got stage fright. It's because some creature from beyond doesn't want me to do the show.”
Christopher Marlowe and Gaston Leroux would probably not have been in love with Brian De Palma’s interpretation and adaptation of their iconic novels; it would be a slight understatement to say that De Palma takes some liberties. He turns Faust and Phantom of the Opera into a Rock Opera of sorts, which is undeniably audacious but not exactly commendable. The reason alone to why Phantom of the Paradise stands as something memorable is precisely because it is a…
Saw it last night for the first time, already watched it again. Kind of want to watch it a third time. This is going to be an instant favorite of mine. I hate that I didn't see it much sooner.
I could spend the rest of my life watching De Palma slow panning over electrical equipment
I don't know what the fuck I just watched but I think I like it.
It's an absolute pip to see De Palma so comparatively undisciplined. Yowzers, this thing moves. Not what I think of when I think of a "Brian De Palma film" but I sure understand the adulation. Great songs and a totally unexpected sinister turn from the typically genial Paul Williams. Highly recommend the Scream Factory blu with its pristine picture and half-hour interview with the man himself.
probably the best movie of all time.
lost my virginity to this 10/10
I was all in as soon as the greasy dudes in The Juicy Fruits belted out the opening number. They look like such thugs with the manic, high energy of an American Bandstand act and I almost wish the movie just followed them.
I also loved Jessica Harper doing her best Olivia Newton John impression. And even though The Beachbums were obviously a satiric Beach Boys band, I think I listed to their song 30 more times.
What's not to love about Brian de Palma at the height of his career and at his weirdest?
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