Composer Winslow Leach (William Finley) is determined to seek revenge on Swan (Paul Williams), an evil record tycoon who steals his pop cantana of the Faust legend to launch his enemy’s palace as the mysterious Phantom of the Paradise and continues to plan his gruesome retaliation. —20th Century Fox
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.
Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.
At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as Bridge That Gap (1965). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom… read more
Colour and music. Even though there might not be a whole lot behind it as far as substance goes, there’s only so much ill you can speak of a kitschy '70s mash-up of The Phantom of the Opera by way of Faust, especially one that's as hellzapoppin’ and animated as this - not to mention with De Palma’s magic already in full swing (such as an homage to Touch of Evil’s tracking shot - in split screen!).
One scene, about halfway through, is a split-screen experiment, musical number, beach boys satire, and Touch of Evil homage all in one (all wrapped up in a giant Phantom of the Opera/Faust/Dr. Caligari/Dorian Grey mash-up). It was at the end of that scene that I fell in love with this movie. De Palma still gets his Hitchcock reference thrown in there, too. This movie is JOYOUS.