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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.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
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…
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…
In all honesty I probably would've liked this more if I liked the music, but Paul Williams just doesn't make sense to me outside the Muppets.
Blu-ray. Scream Factory.
Guardando senza ipocrisie al mondo del rock, Il fantasma del palcoscenico cattura l'anima del romanzo ispiratore. Imperfetto, ma memorabile.
What a great film! Phantom of the Paradise is so full of life, is so cinematic, is so original. Brian De Palma is a weird genius.
I can't tell you how satisfying it is to rewatch this movie for, what, the fourth time probably, after a couple of years of not having done so (and with Paul Williams in attendance!). Let me tell you, after exploring most of De Palma's career over those years, it's astounding to see just how much of it was developed (for better or worse) from this point in time. The music is stellar, the performances are purposely over the top, the criticism of the industry is simultaneously scathing and hilarious, and that completely overwhelming, all-over-the-place in the best way possible, grand finale is still one of the most intensely edited scenes I've seen in a long while (and people complain about how many cuts are in Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! Hmph!).
Still damn great, and even better in a theater with a bunch of folks who either love it or are watching it for the first time. Just so goddamn satisfying folks.
Blu-ray. Scream Factory.
Blu-ray. Scream Factory.
i don't know how i never knew of this film until a couple of months ago. this film was fun from start to finish. in fact i wish it had been a little longer. this could have only been made in the 70's. the music was electrifying and had my toe tapping. paul williams should have played a villain more. the split screen sequence during "upholstery" was trademark brian de palma. it occurred to me while watching this that the 70's was when blood started to make more of an appearance in films and they (who is they?) did not have it quite down yet. the phantom had it pretty rough but he did have that room with wall to wall modular synths. is it too late to ask my friends to start calling me beef?
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