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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…
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…
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).
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.
When I was nineteen I made a list of my ten favorite all-time movies and "Phantom of the Paradise" was one of them--it's a much, much better movie of its type than the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" ever was or will be. "Rocky Horror" may be a cult classic, but "Paradise" deserves to be much, much, more loved by the musical-horror-spoof crowd.
From the opening moments of Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, you can clearly spot some of the trademark styles that De Palma would later go on to monopolize. De Palma promptly introduces his audience to the world in which he sets his turbulent rock opera. In the early scenes that just appear to be exposition, De Palma is subconsciously familiarizing his audience with the cumbersome terrain his film will cover. De Palma carefully lays out the corners of his sets as takes his audience on a tour of the mindbogglingly detailed set design. This not only makes for engaging cinema, but it also pays off later in the film when De Palma kicks everything into full gear. While some of De Palma's experimentation with different styles does not always mesh, his foray of styles comes together to present this kaleidoscopic display of styles that you will not be able to find in any other film.
The Phantom of the Opera mixed with a bit of The Rocky Horror Picture Show gives a spectacular result. While the songs may not be all that catchy, I still had plenty of fun listening to them, and actually did find myself humming the music over the end credits for a while after it was over. Brian De Palma may not always be a hit, but he always gives you something interesting, at least.
Edit: Upon further review, I stand corrected: the music is amazing.
How could I have never watched this before now. It's right up my alley.
Split screen genius..is more an musical than an horror movie
Fantastic, hilarious rock opera 70's disco remake of "The Phantom of the Opera".
Innocent but talented Winslow finds out that the famous Swan wants to open The Paradise with his music using the title Faust.
Swan has Winslow sent to jail until he escapes and is transformed into The Phantom determined to seek revenge and haunt The Paradise.
Ultimately The Phantom is drawn in by Swan into a deal with the devil and both men began to fight over the beloved Phoenix-a beautiful girl with an even more beautiful singing voice.
De Palma delivers this technical homage with real pizazz and the whole film is a wonder to watch for cinema buffs.
Should entertain and delight all others with it's ridiculous, over the top melodies and violent scenes to boot.
Paul Williams is responsible for one of the absolute finest soundtracks ever. On a semi-unrelated note, We've Only Just Begun is the tits.
SAW: at the Bing, with J.Y.
Better than most other things.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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