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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.
Primera vez que la veo en hd, con la restauración de Arrow, que respeta la zona de la ps3.
Me la sé de memoria, tengo el vinilo enmarcado en el salón de mi casa y, aún así, sigue resultando infinitamente aterradora y, sobre todo, muy muy triste. A pesar de los Juicy Fruits y de la mejor canción de la historia para arrancar una peli.
This is such a fun and enjoyable movie
When this was released in Australian cinema it was tacked on as a double feature with Rocky Horror Picture Show and i always though the wrong film got the bigger cult status
Borrowing from the Faust legend as well as Phantom of the Opera
Winslow Leach is a musician who gives his music to Swan to open up the Rock Palace The Paradise
Again for me this is an event movie and it was great watching it on the big screen
A grand schlock-rock opera with genuinely enjoyable musical elements, whip-smart camerawork and pacing, and a sumptuous narrative whose tortured anti-heroes, swindled muses and actual Faustian devils have more than enough to say on the allure, obsession and hysteria of fame. Worth the price of admission alone for the 'electrifying' antics of macho-queen Beef, the engrossing debut of iconic Suspiria muse, Jessica Harper, and Paul Williams as the closest representation of evil in human form ever committed to screen (that hair is downright homicidal unto itself). One of the more obscure notes in DePalma's filmography - but perhaps the most raucously enjoyable too.
Brian De Palma is the mad genius with this fantastic creation of a film. Cult Horror Gold through and through, I was just in awe of this film after I first watched it. One I could never ever get tired of watching.
Two horror inspired campy musical comedies that wear their influences on their sleeves and have grown to be cult classics came around in very close proximity to each other in the '70s: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the lesser known Phantom of the Paradise.
Rocky Horror is my most watched film. I'd estimate that I've seen it at least 300 times. It never has failed to entertain me, or cheer me up. It not only played an integral role in helping me figure out my gay-ness (Tim Curry in fishnets <3), it helped me discover an accepting community and group of friends in a turbulent time. Even if it has been a while since I've seen it, it is…
To say that Phantom of the Paradise was a revelation for me in terms of looking at Brian De Palma critically is an understatement. The first film I watched of his was The Untouchables, a pretty good crime drama with good performances, but also with some of the most poorly handled dramatic scenes I had ever seen at that point. The melodrama was through the roof in that film, which I guess you could also blame on Ennio Morricone (who also made an over-the-top score for In the Line of Fire). I just didn't see what all the fuss was about with De Palma, and after seeing parts of Scarface I was pretty much convinced that this guy was nothing…
Su personalidad es irresistible.
Opening with a self-parodying narration from the great Rod Serling, Phantom of the Paradise sets its tone. Brian De Palma's pre-Rocky Horror rock-opera-horror film is campy, witty, and gloriously inventive. What a deliciously and under-discussed spectacle!
Set in a far-fetched world where celebrities are worshiped like godlike figures (oh... wait); Phantom of the Paradise incorporates rich Kubrickian visuals, a rocking score, literary references, and zany characters to tell its story. The ensemble is magnificent, ranging from Paul William’s performance as The Swan, a Warholian rock ’n’ roll tycoon, to Jessica Harper’s debut as an ambitious singer. In between the two is William Finley as Winslow, a naïve musician who’s stripped of his livelihood. In proper Phantom of the Opera fashion he returns to haunt The Swan’s extravagant concert hall.
There are moments in Phantom of the Paradise so delightful, so clever, and so breathtakingly photographed that I had to pause to catch my breath.
it was SO many things all in one but it worked SO WELL I REALLY LOVED IT WOW.. brian de palma is just the MASTER of aesthetic
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…