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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.…
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.
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.
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…
WTF is the deal here, why has this movie not replaced Rocky Horror for the title of best horrorish themed glam musical?? All I want to do is dance and fuck after watching this for the first time; mainly dance but I can't help feeling like a sexy bitch. I'm not going into detail here, there is so much greatness going on and It's just an experience that you need to have if you are craving a great rock opera musical type experience. I practically needed a seatbelt in my couch to stop myself from rocking the fuck out of control. This in itself is pretty impressive considering I was fairly stoned . Bravo Del Palma, Bravo.
For a film that, on the surface level, seems so campy and ridiculous, what lies beneath is a surprisingly thoughtful and incredibly well crafted work. This is what we have now come to expect from director Brian De Palma. In what is one of his relatively early pieces, De Palma already showed a keen knack for filmmaking technique. This is on display as he uses first person camera work, split screens and a multitude of other things to get his vision across. They also assist in bringing some energy and life to well worn material. The story draws themes from classic pieces such as The Phantom of the Opera and Faust. De Palma excels in breathing new life into these pieces and creating an intelligent but entertaining film.
I love this film
Ive seen this fi before. And i will see it again. Probably tomorrow.
Divertissant, original, avec un commentaire intelligent sur l'état de l'industrie musical de l'époque. Quelques longueurs ou on aurait aimé que la musique continue, puisqu'elle est génial.
Pô pire pentoute. L'univers et le sénario sont vraiment bon, et la musique est écœurante.
Selection #51 in"The Dissolve: Movie Of The Week" list.
I like Beef and the prison escape.
Bonkers in all the best ways. Underseen and underloved, lying in the shadow of Rocky Horror.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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