Phantom of the Paradise ★★★½

Applying his distinct visual style full of refracted images, split frames, and split diopter aided deep focus compositions to an operatic mish-mash of classic horror tales, mainly Phantom of the Opera and The Picture of Dorian Grey with a touch of Faust, DePalma creates a dizzying, romantic art vs. commerce tragedy. The familiarity of the narrative sources frees DePalma up to eschew character development and plot progression in favor of serving up beautifully shot and edited musical numbers that make excellent use of the film's highly stylized cast of characters which blend '50s greaser and barbershop influences with '70s hippie culture, throwing in the vinyl clad, futuristic-gothic nightmare of the phantom.