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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.
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.
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…
Another Brian De Palma movie that I have been suckered into. Absolute crap. I can recall the Untouchables as his only tolerable movie. Yes, I am aware he directed the overrated Scarface. The only saving grace is it has the little midget son from the Smokey and the Bandit movies. He's the bad guy.
Brian De Palma is one of my favourite directors but this felt a bit lacking. A musical with only okay songs, a storyline that is (at first) hard to follow and weird in the wrong way. Still, it was good, just not great. Jessica Harper was good as usual.
I still like this one, but not nearly as much as I remember from my college days. It's just a bit insane and, honestly, I think De Palma might've been smoking something while writing this... and then he certainly gave whatever he was smoking to the studio executives that greenlit this.
[English/ Spanish review]
This is a very important movie for a variety of reasons: first, for being an excellent example that rock fandom in early/ mid seventies was far from being naive or uncritical; second, for showing that the young Brian De Palma was much more than a supposed Hitchcock copycat. And finally, for its own merits: a modern, innovative, disillusioned and cynical and yet tender dark musical tragedy on the greedy destruction of innocence. Much better than I remembered.
Esta es una película importante por una serie de razones: la primera, por suponer un ejemplo excelente de que el fandom del rock en los primeros setenta no era para nada naif o carente de capacidad crítica. En segundo lugar,…
High camp with early signs of DePalma's later visual flair. Very hard to unsee this!
Me apetecía ver un poco de los números músicales..... pero no pude resistirme a verla entera.
A grab bag of modern myths and folklore with a brilliantly energetic Paul Williams soundtrack and surprisingly sharp edges. Both leads give fantastic performances and reveal themselves to be more and more vulnerable as the show rumbles on behind them. Particularly good use is made of film and music equipment (most notably the record press) bring a raw physicality to the dark side of the music industry which requires everyone to check their principles and beliefs in at the entrance.
Sing Sing Prison is a wonderful touch, too.
Watching Gerrit Graham ham it up times infinity is so fun.
Jessica Harper's goofball dance is so fun.
Paul Williams' music feels like God's tickling my tummy.
Strange and brilliant.
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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…