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1,317 Ratings

Phantom of the Paradise

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1974
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


Evil record tycoon Swan has sold his soul to the devil for eternal youth and success – 20 years ago. Swan’s current scheme is to steal the music from composer Winslow Leach to celebrate the opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. While trying to stop Swan, Leach is disfigured.

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Phantom of the Paradise Directed by Brian De Palma

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1975 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation

Writers Guild of America

1975 | Nominee: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1975 | Nominee: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Hugo Awards

1975 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

Like so much of his work, it only appears to be a superficial exercise. Buried in the crazy secondhand plot twists is a more nuanced allegory of the Faustian bargains of art and commerce.
April 20, 2018
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De Palma is nothing if not precise and ambitious: Phantom emerges as a brutally sardonic satire of a bloated, uninspired pop music scene. Its jokes, its music, its cinematic techniques—all are incisive, sneaky rather than stoned.
October 27, 2017
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It’s the ol’ show-biz yarn—artist meets bigwig, crass commercialism ensues—à la De Palma. Expect the familiar beats: split screens, dizzying cinematography, balcony-reaching theatrics and sensationalism. But in a Hitchcockian twist, it’s a musical, one genre De Palma would never touch again, even if it’s one his bombastic style most easily feeds.
March 16, 2016
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