Phantom of the Paradise

Phantom of the Paradise ★★★★

Still the perfect deranged rock musical. It’s got all the De Palma quirks, with split screens and slow pans and obsessive acts of observations, plus as a bonus a real sense of excessive fun. It’s a shame that sort of faded as his style developed.

Very few of the actors in this are all that good, with the exception of Paul Williams, who plays the over the top Paul Williams role with the villainy dial turned way up. Jessica Harper wasn’t all that good back then, but she’s a perfect ingenue and thus fits the bill. She can also actually sing, which is handy.

Red blood on a black leather body suit: no notes.

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