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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.…
Primera vez que la veo en hd, con la restauración de Arrow, que respeta la zona de la ps3.
Me la sé de memoria, tengo el vinilo enmarcado en el salón de mi casa y, aún así, sigue resultando infinitamente aterradora y, sobre todo, muy muy triste. A pesar de los Juicy Fruits y de la mejor canción de la historia para arrancar una peli.
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.
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…
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
(2/2) DOWNBEAT GROTESQUE MUSICAL FUN!
A glam rock musical version of Phantom of the Opera, Faust and Dorian Gray, with a healthy dose of kitsch thrown in. It's hard not to smile at this film, there are so many throw away references to classic horror films, and some songs that are quite good. This is the first feature by Brian DePalma, and it looks like it. I wouldn't mind if he would redo this film, with his cinema skills honed.
Too much fun not to enjoy.
How has this movie evaded me for so long??
I'm a pretty big fan of De Palma (even his stinkers usually throw up a few visual ideas I can get behind) But I'll admit that his pre-Carrie output is pretty much alien to me.
For me, the guy absolutely nails thrillers, so his earlier 'comedies' haven't really enticed me. Phantom though, how to approach this? I only realized it was De Palma at the helm a little while ago and while the idea of him helming a musical didn't excite me, the prospect of the man who directed the Greatest School Dance Massacre in the history of cinema fashioning a horror located entirely inside a rock club, did. Very much…
The more I think on it the more I feel like this is De Palma's crowning film (I say having only seen a small part of his filmography). It's a phantasmagorical melding of at least a half-dozen classic horror stories, combined with a dope 70s rock opera, and it recognizes just how ludicrous that concept is. It toes the line between horror and comedy, in a similar way to De Palma's Carrie. But there's still a real heart to it, and there's never a moment like the suit montage in Carrie that dramatically breaks from the films' tone.
"What do you know about it? You just pass the stuff out, I take it. I know drug real from real real." — Beef (Gerrit Graham)
The first real rock show I attended was Alice Cooper at The Boston Garden in March of 1973. Alice was traveling with The Amazing Randi and a large guillotine, and would have his head chopped off every show. When Phantom of the Paradise came around the following year, I was a 16 year-old long-haired rock & roll glam-fan, so I would have been in the prime demographic for De Palma's satirical skewering of the biz, but it never registered on my drug-addled teenage radar.
If you ever wanted to know what the 1970's were like, Swan's mansion was what every day was like in 1974.
Phantom of the Paradise seems to me that is The Phantom of the Opera upside down, but with a huge pinch of Faust. That's when Gaston Leroux meets Goethe.
Winslow is a musical genius, Swan is a devilish entrepreneur, indeed, and Phoenix is a musical diva. With this setting, you have the dangerous triangle ever in the world of pop music.
Who has the courage to be between Winslow music and Phoenix?
Classic horror musical that is quite the eccentric experience, Phantom of the Paradise is a great film that boasts terrific musical numbers and brilliant performances to make this one of the defining cult films that has ever graced the screen. The film is highly entertaining from start to finish, and with brilliant direction from Brian De Palma. Along with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this film is a film that is one of the best horror musicals, a film that is entertaining due to the fact that it’s filled with eccentric characters and over the top the performances. In that regard both films are similar, but also they each have their own vibe and atmosphere. Phantom of the Paradise was…
Holy fuck did I love this. Ambitious, wild storytelling.
"What were you thinking? What was going on in your mind? Artistic integrity? Where, where did you come up with that? You're not artistic and you have no integrity."
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***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…