Listeners! Take a listen as Mike gets his mind blown by PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE!
Brian DePalma’s 1974 rock opera is gloriously garish with literary references galore, Paul Williams’ soundtrack is a smorgasbord of musical styles settling in on glam-prog-rock, and William Finley eats allll the scenery as the titular phantom, Winslow Leach.
DePalma’s second movie, two years before CARRIE, is confident, stylish, and wildly entertaining. Take a listen, and let it bring you to “Life at Last”!
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Rating: 7.4/10 (14,671 votes)
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Brian De Palma
Stars: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham
Runtime: 91 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Released: 01 Nov 1974
Plot: A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.