Phantom of the Paradise ★★★★★

I’ve already watched this film for my 1974 Challenge, but I’ve had a craving to rewatch it ever since, and god damn does this movie fuck.

Not only is the pacing absolutely perfect, but its cinematography is incredibly varied and does something cool and new every shot. Everything from the tracking shots, to the first person handheld shots are just fucking immaculate.

It also helps that the acting and performances were just stellar all around too. Great songs melded with great voices. Winslow is one of the coolest character designs out there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Berserk took inspiration from this film as well.

The commentary about the music industry is great. Swan drags Winslow along like a puppet for so long, and the conclusion of these two is so satisfying to watch go down.

This movie fucks so hard. This is such a great adaptation of Phantom of the Opera and one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen. Probably the best De Palma film I’ve seen yet. A high recommendation from me!

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