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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…
Phenomenal. The split screen Touch of Evil homage is pitch perfect, the songs and performances are fantastic, and the thin (or maybe not so thin) veneer of insanity hanging over it all makes for a hell of a good time.
The restoration is stellar. I'll take this over Rocky Horror any time...
Split screen! PG-rated lesbian orgies! Cross-dressing! Obligatory Hitchcock references! Brian De Palma's horror rock cult musical is an inspired, manic mish-mash of Phantom of the Opera, Faust, references to Psycho and Frankenstein, and has some eerie parallels with The Rocky Horror Picture Show during the opening night of the Paradise sequence.
"Look, Philbin, there really is a phantom! He was just in my shower. He threatened my life. He said his music was just for Phoenix. Only she can sing it. Anyone else who tries...
Una pel.licula única i extraordinaria (en el moment de la seva estrena aixi com avui, quaranta anys després). Obviament té les seves influències (Hitchcock, Fantasma de la opera, faust...) però De Palma aconsegueix una cinta molt singular i única. Té tants plànols i moments increíbles que fan convenient una periòdica revisió d'aquesta cinta.
An unique and extraordinary piece of filmaking (at the moment of its premiere and even now, forty years later). Obviously it is posible to find influences in the film (Hitchcock, Phantom of the opera, Faust...) but De Palma achieves a very singular and unique. There are so many incredible frames and moments that it is convenient a periodical rewatch of such film.
First time seeing this. For some reason I just thought I wouldnt like it so I never cared to see it. Decided to pick up the Scream Factory bluray and im glad I did. It was a lot of fun and had some great music. One ill definitely be watching more.
The best rock movie since THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT. Neck and neck with CARLITO'S WAY as my favorite De Palma.
I guess if you are going to use Faust as an inspiration you might as well use the template three different times and mix some other stories with it too.
1. The rock opera is itself a modernized retelling of Faust.
2. Winslow's story is a combination of Phantom of the Opera and Faust.
3. Swan's backstory is eventually shown to be a combination of The Picture of Dorian Gray along with Faust.
Brian De Palma wears all these influences along with a whole lot of others right on his sleeves and references them so directly there is no mistaking that he knows he is using them but wants you to interpret them though his lens. But it is just…
+Jessica Harper being a mega babe
+Paul Williams should write music for everything
+ Beef's everything
+ The Juicy Fruits
This movie is balls to the wall awesome
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Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…