Phantom of the Paradise ★★★★

I L<3ve Musicals!

A musical cross between 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Faust', set in the cut-and-thrust of the rock music world, this weird De Palma production teams the music of Paul Williams with the charms of Jessica Harper as Phoenix, the 'new discovery'.

Meanwhile William Kinley is the young composer who sells his soul and becomes the musician in the depths of the recording studio. Williams himself plays Swan, the nearest thing to a living devil.

The songs themselves are in the main, good enough, but there is no stand-out power number. What we do get is a succession of movie spoofs (perhaps the best being the shower scene in Psycho) and oddball characters. A small film, but a fun one.

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