Phantom of the Paradise

Phantom of the Paradise ★★★★

I had a Sony Watchman TV back in the 1980s. Tiny tiny screen, black and white only. This is how I first saw part of Phantom of the Paradise.

Today I got to see the whole thing in its entirety. Every over-the-top insane minute of it in glorious color.

Basically it’s a mashup of Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Phantom of the Opera with multiple homages to Hitchcock pictures.

That uniquely 1970s/80s phenomenon Paul Williams is the glue that holds it all together.

Possibly my favorite De Palma film.

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