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Phantom of the Paradise
     

Phantom of the Paradise

4.4 11
Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper

 

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"He sold his soul for rock-n-roll," read the tagline for Brian De Palma's satirical Phantom of the Opera for the '70s rock scene. After hearing Winslow Leach (William Finley) perform a song from his Faust rock opera, Phil Spector-ish impresario Swan (Paul Williams) decides that Winslow's opera would be the perfect debut attraction for his new rock palace

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"He sold his soul for rock-n-roll," read the tagline for Brian De Palma's satirical Phantom of the Opera for the '70s rock scene. After hearing Winslow Leach (William Finley) perform a song from his Faust rock opera, Phil Spector-ish impresario Swan (Paul Williams) decides that Winslow's opera would be the perfect debut attraction for his new rock palace, the Paradise. Swan steals the music and has Winslow imprisoned -- but not before Winslow meets aspiring songbird Phoenix (Jessica Harper). Jumping prison, Winslow breaks into Swan's Death Records factory to ruin the recordings, but a record press accident grossly disfigures him. Winslow then sneaks into the Paradise to sabotage Swan's show, disguising himself as the Phantom. Swan, however, cuts a deal with the Phantom to finish his cantata; he promises that Phoenix will sing it but then reneges, hiring prissy glam rocker Beef (Gerritt Graham). Determined to have Phoenix sing, the Phantom soon discovers just how far Swan will go to give the people what they want.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Referencing vintage horror, Alfred Hitchcock, and the '70s vogue for supernatural terror, Brian De Palma used his favorite genre to take aim at the sensation-seeking rock audience and the exploitative entertainment machine, skewering such '70s trends as '50s nostalgia and glam rock. With splitscreen effects, he underlines the cost of putting media reality before life, as fame becomes the ultimate Faustian bargain. That entertainment machine, however, failed De Palma, and Phantom of the Paradise flopped. But its clever cinephilia and over-the-top rock numbers have since acquired a cult following, though not on the level of another '70s glitter-horror fantasia, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2014
UPC:
0826663151169
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1A
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
7,028

Special Features

Disc 1 (Blu-Ray):; New audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, Archie Hahn, Peter Elbling And Jeffrey Comanor; New interviews with director Brian De Palma, Paul Williams and make-up effects artist Tom Burman; ; Disc 2 (DVD):; New interviews with producer Edward Pressman and drummer Gary Mallaber; Paradise Regained - documentary on the making of the film; Interview with Paul Williams moderated by Guillermo Del Toro; Interview with costume designer Rosanna Norton; Alternative takes; Swan Song outtake footage; Original theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Williams Swan
William Finley Winslow/The Phantom
Jessica Harper Phoenix
George Memmoli Philbin
Gerritt Graham Beef
Susan Weiser-Finley Dancer
Keith Allison Country and Western Singer
Mary Margaret Amato Swan's Entourage
Jennifer Ashley Groupie
Henry Calvert Nightwatchman
Ken Carpenter Stagehand
William Donovan Reporter
Andrew Epper Winslow's Double
Gene Gross Warden
Scott Lane Reporter
Jim Lovelett Winslow's Double
Gary Mallaber Band
Robin Mattson Groupie
Carol O'Leary Betty Lou
Harold Oblong Musician
Dennis Olivieri Reporter
Patrice Rohmer Groupie
William Shephard Rock Freak
Cheryl Smith Groupie
Adam Wade Reporter
Judy Washington Dancer
Janit Baldwin Groupie
Archie Hahn Singing Group
Jeffrey Comaner Singing Group
Linda Larimer Surfgirl

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Screenwriter
Gregory M. Auer Special Effects
Gustave Berne Producer
Michael Dmytryk Asst. Director
Robert Elfstrom Cinematographer
Sylvia Fay Casting
Jack Fisk Production Designer
Al Gramaglia Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Peter Jamison Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Lewis Producer
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Oblong Choreography
Larry Pizer Cinematographer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
William Shephard Choreography
James Signorelli Cinematographer
Sissy Spacek Set Decoration/Design
James Tanenbaum Sound/Sound Designer
George Aliceson Tipton Score Composer
Paul Williams Score Composer

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Phantom of the Paradise 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw this flick while stationed onboard a FBM Submarine in the mid 70's. We picked this flick up before heading out to sea on 90 day Patrol. The whole crew fell in Love with the Female lead. We almost wore the flim out we played it so much. The topic has always come up at every Boat reunion since and I always vow to buy it. Finally after 30 years, I'm able to get it thanks to B&N.
BubbaSunshine More than 1 year ago
The Phantom of the Paradise is what cult films are all about. A film you strive to watch over and over but not in succession. You know when you are hooked when you know the songs by heart and want to sing them out loud. Or that could be just me. But in any case, the plot is full of twists and turns taken from many great stories/movies in literary/cinematic history. Its worth watching at least once for those who don't get into cult films. You may find that you like it regardless of the cult film status.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will acknowledge that this film is not perfect, and is not designed to fit everyone's taste, but for me, it is one of the most enjoyable movies of all time. An amalgam of seemingly every movie made before it, The Phantom of the Paradise is de Palma simply having fun, and that sense of play permeates the film. Puns and homages both visual and verbal abound, and the kinetic, comic book style visuals suit the story perfectly. The acting is also particularly good, especially the lovely Jessica Harper's fragile but ambitious Pheonix, and Gerritt Graham's wildly OTT Beef. The movie though belongs mostly to Paul Williams, as it is his diabolical record mogul Swan that drives the plot, and his compositions that make up the wonderful soundtrack. A great movie to watch with a group of friends.
BigC More than 1 year ago
Campy just like Rocky Horror. If you love Paul Williams's music... this is right up your alley. If your a fan of this era's style of film making you will like it. If not... then you wont.70's rock opera at it's best. Nuff said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not really a big fan of musicals(i.e. Rocky Horror,etc. to which this may be compared)but I still really enjoyed this picture. The music is cool and De Palma approached this concept very cleverly and tastefully.
PhilliesPhan22 More than 1 year ago
Having first watched this movie in the 70s and then seeing it again in 2007, I remembered every word to every song. It's a great musical. I'm so glad it's finally on DVD!
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I have seen this movie, maybe 20 times since it's release, and love it more each time. It's a sensory feast. Jessica Harper's singing is enchanting, and Garritt Graham, as ''Beef'', is hilariously over the top.