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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…
A rock version of Phantom Of The Opera, albeit much different. Paul Williams who plays the film's villain Swan also wrote the music. Brian De Palma's vision is noticeable here and it's nice to see him try out a musical. It's very cheesy in a fun sort of way, the acting I think is meant to be on the bad side especially by Gerrit Graham who hams it up every scene he's in. Jessica Harper is great to watch, pretty damned cute and a fantastic singer. I do like rock operas a lot and I really enjoyed all the music in this film, it's very theatrical, I mean if you like Rocky Horror Picture Show which came out a year after this one then you will really enjoy this. De Palma's camera work is cool stuff, the 70's really inspired directors to try new things and he was definitely one of those people.
A musical cross between 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Faust', set in the cut-and-thrust of the rock music world, this weird De Palma production teams the music of Paul Williams with the charms of Jessica Harper as Phoenix, the 'new discovery'.
Meanwhile William Kinley is the young composer who sells his soul and becomes the musician in the depths of the recording studio. Williams himself plays Swan, the nearest thing to a living devil.
The songs themselves are in the main, good enough, but there is no stand-out power number. What we do get is a succession of movie spoofs (perhaps the best being the shower scene in Psycho) and oddball characters. A small film, but a fun one.
Sometimes it pays to think 'fuck it' and just make something completely out there
I think this is my new favorite movie.
I always wondered where tiddlywinks came from
One of the strangest films of Brian De Palma’s career, Phantom of the Paradise is a loose adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, transplanting the rise of Glam Rock for the rise of Grand Opera. In this case, the Phantom starts out as Winslow Leach (William Finley), a struggling songwriter who sells a song cycle to Swan (Paul Williams), the mysterious owner of the Paradise, a baroque nightclub. After Swan reworks it as a Glam Rock musical and has Finley disfigured, the songwriter starts to haunt the cast and crew of his desecrated masterpiece as they prepare for opening night. As that might suggest, most of the film takes place in and around the Paradise, which is as much…
Yeesh. Well. This was a movie I've wanted to see ever since I was a little boy. I remember seeing pictures from it in magazines, and was desperate to see it back when I did not know any better. If anything, I thought the Phantom costume was cool. I still think the Phantom costume is cool, which is why I give PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE one star as opposed to 1/2 a star.
Brian DePalma's horrifyingly misguided attempt at a horror-musical reworking of both Faust and Phantom of the Opera goes off the rails after minute one. Poorly written and cast, with a Paul Williams soundtrack that's awful, and thankfully forgettable, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is a sloppy, campy mess that is neither fun, funny. nor entertaining. What was anyone thinking?
BEEF was by far my favorite part of this film, but I loved all of it. I couldn't believe that I hadn't seen this til last month, it's my kinda movie. Ridiculousness, gayness, colorfulness, orgies - and it's a musical. Plus it has the gal from Suspiria in it.
Enjoyed a few of the songs and the camera work was nice but the story and acting left a lot to be desired. I also liked the mock Psycho homage.
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