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  Phantom of the Paradise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 cult film written and directed by Brian De Palma.
The story is a loosely adapted mixture of Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Picture of Dorian Grey and Faust.
In "Paradise Regained", a documentary included in the French special edition of the DVD, Brian De Palma suggests that some design elements of George Lucas' Darth Vader character from the Star Wars series of films were probably inspired by the Phantom.
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 DVD Review - Phantom Of The Paradise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Originally conceived and written by DePalma in 1969, "Phantom of the Paradise" tells of naive composer Winslow Leach (William Finley) whose unfinished cantata, Faust, is stolen by music mogul Swan (Paul Williams) for purposes of opening his new rock palace, the Paradise.
"Phantom of the Paradise" is a compelling adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s "Phantom of the Opera," the legend of Faust, and Oscar Wilde’s "The Picture of Dorian Gray," all set against a vibrant neon-charged, drug-induced backdrop of an excessive entertainment industry.
"Phantom of the Paradise" is a film that captivated me in my adolescent years and continues to deliver a powerful impact to this day.
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PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is a wonderfully over-the-top extravaganza of visual style and editing panache that flashes the name "Brian DePalma" in big, bright neon lights.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is presented on DVD with a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is a cult classic is as much fun now, as it was the first time I saw it.
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 Phantom Of The Paradise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Phantom then plants explosives in the car used the Juicy Fruits rehearsal for "Upholstery" (the bastardization of his song "Faust").
Swan visits The Phantom from time to time checking on him, but The Phantom is so trusting that he never asks about the guard at his door or the case of bricks brought to the door.
Not only that, The Phantom also discovers that Swan plans to have Phoenix murdered in front of millions during their wedding onlive TV for the sake of entertainment.
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 Phantom the Paradise
Phantom of the Paradise floored me at the time and still does today.
PHANTOM is a hybrid of stories, including FAUST and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, blending both stories within a ‘story within a story’ framework.
The phantom’s helmet is truly original, giving the title character his distinction, along with other famous monsters of filmland.
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 Phantom of the Paradise DVD review on AudioRevolution.com
Yes, it takes off from "Phantom of the Opera" (specifically the versions with Claude Rains and Herbert Lom), and hits some of the same marks, but the tone and approach are radically different.
After he makes himself as the Phantom known to Swan, Winslow insists that Swan hire her as the lead in "Faust," and agrees to finish the score.
"Phantom of the Paradise" is a significant movie; it deserved a commentary track, biographies, a making-of documentary, the script (which changed many times), etc. etc.
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 Phantom of the Paradise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In case the scenario sounds familiar to you, Phantom of the Paradise is a send-up-cum-rock-musical version of Phantom of the Opera...
A film like Phantom of the Paradise lives or dies on its performances, and that is one area where it thrives most of the time.
Phantom of the Paradise may not be my cup of tea (and indeed, it was an enormous flop when it opened), but it developed the inevitable cult following.
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 Phantom of the Paradise.. Good or Evil? [The Lair - Forum] - Phantom of the Opera .com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Personally, I liked the Phantom in POTP; he actually got to act in a heroic way, and the bad guy (a Raoul-like character, but not exactly) was thoroughly despicable.
The phantom thus sells his soul in all the flouish of paper work and blood to be able to write for his Christine.
Phantom of the Paradise is one of my husband's favorite movies and he watches it EVERY time it is on television.
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 Phantom Of The Paradise (DVD) - Review - Contract For A Contata
Like 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Phantom Of The Paradise' is quite tongue-in-cheek - made in 1974, the movie pokes fun at certain aspects of the music industry at the time.
My one criticism is that in places 'Phantom Of The Paradise' takes itself a little too seriously, or at least isn't farcical enough compared to other scenes.
'Phantom Of The Paradise' is certainly not a movie that will change your life by any means, it's not really something you need your thinking cap on whilst watching.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /dvd-title-p/phantom-of-the-paradise-dvd/1041140   (1043 words)

But in PHANTOM all the singing is in performance: people sing when they would sing in a live performance or in an audition or something like that.
For instance, the Phantom's first number is a 360 degree pan because essentially it's a simple number; it's just him at the piano in an empty club.
We tried to play the Phantom's classical aesthetic against the pop music, always keeping in mind that the Phantom had to be quite serious.
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 Phantom of the Paradise
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE tells the tragic tale of a talented but naive composer, Winslow Leach (William Finley), who has composed a serious "rock cantata" based on the legend of Faust.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is a very lively serio-comic musical fantasy that's a sheer delight.
There's also the late George Memmoli as Philbin (a tribute to Mary Philbin of the 1925 "Phantom"), Swan's greasy slimeball talent scout, and the improvisational trio of Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Commanor, Harold Oblong as the chameleon-like singing group that change whenever the incoming music trend calls for it ("We'll remember you forever, Eddie...").
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 Phantom of the Paradise OST - Paul Williams – Music at Last.fm
Phantom of the Paradise OST - Paul Williams
Phantom of the Paradise OST - Paul Williams might not be making music anymore, but if they are, you can help keep other users informed by adding new events when they're announced.
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 dOc DVD Review: Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Rehearsals are underway for the grand opening of The Paradise, but a strange figure is stalking its hallways, who Swan witnesses on his many closed circuit TV cameras when a fatal stage accident occurs.
Phantom of the Paradise is true to DePalma's visual style, featuring his trademark split screens, first person and oddball camera angles, as well as reflection shots.
William Finley's phantom is just the right blend of psychotic and loser, and in her film debut, Jessica Harper commands the attentions of those around her as the aspiring starlet Phoenix.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=1553   (1693 words)

 Amazon.com: Phantom of the Paradise: DVD: Archie Hahn,Jeffrey Comanor,Peter Elbling,George Memmoli,Gerrit ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In the 1974 film PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, William Finley stars as Winslow Leach, a very talented composer who is working on a rock opera based on FAUST.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is one of those nearly forgotten gems that is a must-see for horror fans and admirers of director De Palma.
The Phantom of the Paradise was (at the time of its release) overshadowed (and perhaps even buried) by the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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 phantom+of+paradise - Music Artists - All Artists!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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 30th anniversary Phantom of the Paradise screening/convention - Phantom of the Opera .com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Winnipeg, CA “Phantompalooza” - to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise," a screening and convention will be held in the original Garrick Theatre where the movie played for 62 weeks.
De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise" is a 70s film which combines the Phantom story with elements of Faust, and rock 'n' roll - featuring the fabulous voice of Jessica Harper.
The event is a 30th anniversary screening of the movie, “Phantom of the Paradise” following the huge response I received from Winnipeggers following a large newspaper article featuring my son and I in December, 2004.
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Upon hearing that Swan's new rock palace, the Paradise, is about to open with a bastardized version of the cantata, Winslow escapes and breaks into Swan's "Death Records" plant, hoping to rescue his material.
Other passages marking PHANTOM as the director's work include a brief split-screen tribute to the opening of Welles' TOUCH OF EVIL (if this sequence seems less complex than you might expect from De Palma, read this 1975 interview to find out why), and a scene of "double voyeurism" involving Swan, Phoenix and The Phantom.
Shot independently in New York, L.A. and Texas (the Paradise auditorium is a Dallas movie theater still used today as a performance hall) PHANTOM proved to be a difficult sell when first released, but swiftly gained a reputation at midnight screenings.
www.briandepalma.net /phantom/phantom.htm   (842 words)

 Phantom of the Paradise review (1974) De Palma - Qwipster's Movie Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Actually, he was merely horribly disfigured, and soon returns to Swan's domain, the Rock house known as "The Paradise," where the two form an uneasy alliance to showcase their talent, and Winslow's vision of a rock opera based on "Faust."
I won't jump on that bandwagon, but it's clear there is a visionary director at work here, showing a raw, unfettered talent that would serve him well in later films where he was able to keep his focus.
Phantom of the Paradise isn't a great film, too sloppy and choppy to keep your interest in the story, but that's also part of its charm I suppose.
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 DVD Verdict Review - Phantom Of The Paradise
The colors are vibrant and the fls are solid, though the transfer is limited by the age of the source material as evidenced by some graininess and artifacts.
You get a trailer for Phantom of the Paradise which is as equally poor as the film, and some trailers for some other recent Fox DVD releases.
What else is there to say about Phantom of the Paradise except that it moves along at a quick pace and is over fairly quickly, clocking in at just over 90 minutes.
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 Amazon.ca: Phantom of the Paradise: Video: Brian De Palma,William Finley,Archie Hahn,Jeffrey Commanor,Paul Williams ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The 1974 rock music film Phantom Of The Paradise is perhaps one of the most unusual and intriguing films i've ever come to know.
After being badly disfigured, Leach disguises himself as a phantom (whose Phantom outfit and make-up could easily have been the predecessor to the Goth Rock era of the 80's) wreaking havoc on the devilish (and that terms comes in quite handy here) and will stop at nothing to terrorize Swan.
Phantom Of The Paradise is perhaps one of the most unusual and intriguing films i've ever come to know.
www.amazon.ca /Phantom-Paradise-Brian-Palma/dp/6302842271   (1727 words)

 Phantom Of The Paradise (Umbrella) (1974)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
    Although Phantom Of The Paradise is still a relatively early work of writer/director Brian De Palma, it is actually the fifteenth film in his extensive filmography as a director and probably only the second of his films to be more widely recognized by a mainstream audience, the first being the controversial Sisters, made the year before in 1973.
Phantom Of The Paradise is familiar, yet still very original and is also rich in humour of a very dark nature.
While his Oscar nominated score for Phantom Of The Paradise is an excellent one, there is nothing that is immediately grabbing in the music.
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 PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE - HORROR'S ULTIMATE ROCK OPERA?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
It's Phan­tom of the Paradise, writer/director Brian De Palma's oddly timeless 1974 spoof that is a distant cousin to the more popular Rocky, yet, its fans maintain, is the better film.
In kaleidoscopic fashion, Phantom of the Paradise tells the story of Winslow, a naive young songwriter who comes to the big city to get his massive rock cantata, based on the legend of Faust recorded.
Phantom was shot over the winter of 1973 in New York, on soundstages in LA, and for the scenes inside the Paradise, at an abandoned theatre in Dallas called The Majestic.
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 Phantom of the Paradise Movie Synopsis, Director and Cast
With understandably less enthusiasm, 20th then paid an additional $350,000 to Universal Studios because Phantom obviously bore strong resemblance to Phantom of the Opera, a Universal property.
Bolstered by Variety's thumbs-up review, 20th and De Palma predicted Phantom of the Paradise would gross a whopping $35 million.
Nevertheless, Phantom never did find its mass audience, although as a cult film in cities like Los Angeles and New York it did find comfortable slots it revival houses and, for a time, on the Midnight Movie circuit.
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 DVD Times - Phantom Of The Paradise
The "Phantom" of the title is failed songwriter Winslow Leach (Finlay) whose hanuting melodies and heartfelt lyrics have been stolen by Swan (Williams), a Satanic record producer who reputedly "brought the Blues to Britain and brought Liverpool to America".
After the Phantom establishes his presence with a destructive explosion, Swan decides to negotiate a fiendish contract with him that will ensure Winslow's music will become famous while keeping the disfigured composer well away from the limelight.
But Phantom Of The Paradise is still very good apprentice work and, for this viewer at least, it has aged a lot better than the superficially similar but less emotionally affecting Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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 dvdfuture.com :: Review - Phantom of the Paradise
Phantom of the Paradise" is not really a horror film per se, but a cult favorite in the same group as "Rocky Horror Picture Show." If you liked that movie, you might like this one too.
It is a 70's rendition of Faust and the Phantom of the Opera, but with less catchy songs.
Swan has a lot of hype going into the Paradise, and everything is going well till the Phantom starts mucking things up for him.
www.dvdfuture.com /review.php?id=113   (408 words)

 eBay - Product Info - eBay - DVD: Phantom of the Paradise (UPC: 024543023777)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The ruined and disfigured Leach becomes the Phantom, an imposing leather-clad creature who is hell-bent on demolishing Swan as the diabolical music mogul prepares to open his biggest venture yet-- a rock-and-roll palace called The Paradise.
A 1974 Brian De Palma masterpiece, the Phantom of the Paradise combines the Phantom of the Opera and Faust to create a horror-musical comedy.
Phantom of the Paradise was a strange combination of a film.
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