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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…
surprised this isn't more of a midnight sensation ala ROCKY HORROR.
big ups to jack fisk-- the PD in this film kicks major ass. just wish that i enjoyed the actual music a bit more...
A "vulgar" work of a true auteur. Vulgar because it is raw, truthfull and sincere. Phantom of the Paradise encompasses the very joy of filmmaking that so many directors strive for the whole of their oeuvre.
Part Faust part Phantom of the Opera. Really great melodic songs and entertaining direction from De Palma. Really sad that this camp musical didn't become midnight phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show became instead, but there still seem to be enough people who rightly appreciate this clever mix of soaring songcraft by Paul Williams and satire on the tools that run music (and movie) industry.
"Who listens to lyrics anyway?"
A gloriously gothic, camp cult classic. This is rapidly climbing up my list of favourite films.
Blu-ray. Commentary Track.
De Palma's first masterpiece. A wild, funny and thrilling musical that ends up leaving you spent. The music industry (and any cross-section of art and commerce) is a world of creative and sexual exploitation that doesn't care about the individual's fate if their death can result in a gold record.
Sometimes we use words to describe an experience, or a film we've seen or, just about anything I've just spent 91 minutes of my life on a film and I just don't understand how I should feel or what I should think. Is the film "good", well ugh I guess to some people. Is the film 'bad"? Well, I guess some people will think so.
i can only imagine how much better this film is while taking shrooms or acid. The music is off key, terrible at times but yet I almost want the soundtrack. Every thought I had while watching this just circled back around and by the end I'm left feeling lost. It's almost the same feeling I had after seeing "Lucy".
I'm unsure of my score by a half star, it could go either up or down but I think this needs a second viewing.
Such a fantastic film and that soundtrack...I need that soundtrack!
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