"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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Probably DePalma's best film, Phantom of the Paradise is a fabulous musical that was overshadowed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film is a diamond in the ruff waiting to come back in shining glory. If you have not seen this film I highly suggest that you watch it, and if you are a fan of De Palma, musicals, or any form of film or theatre then i plead to you, Watch this movie!
I am a musician and a genre film fan so this one is right up my alley. Filled with Gothy images and overblown rock songs, it can cause a wince or two, but it is ultimately a good view. The visuals and score alone make it worth the time. Brian De Palma has made better films, yet few are half as fun as this B-movie masterpiece. Then go out and see Phantom of the Opera on the stage.
When I was a kid, my Mom used to sing to the soundtrack of this movie and the viny's cover used to scare the hell out of me. Twenty some years later, I finally got a chance to watch this movie and to my surprise I really liked it. I'm not a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and I think Phantom of The Paradise shares some similarities, but this movie's theme and emotinal quality is much more profound and is what makes it compelling. I think they should do a remake and Chris Martin from Coldplay should play the Phantom!