My buddy and I saw this when we were teens, and loved it, even tho critics said that the Faust/Phantom of the Opera/Dorian Grey thing was over our heads...it wasn't for us. Saw it again last year, and found it slightly cheesy, but in a campy way, and still rewarding. Paul Williams is truly sinister! I know, he was composer for the Carpenters and Muppets; they are also discretely sinister. No offense, I love them all!
Pretty easy to forget that De Palma started off his career making dangerous comedies, and that when he works in a comic register that is when the real anarchy happens. PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE still seems like a revolutionary act, though to what end it is hard to say. There probably aren't any other movies that are more fun. Probably aren't any that are better cast, neither. As pleasurable as a really good party.
Despite the variety of source material, this one of De Palma's lest derivative works. A fun midnight flick to watch with a group of friends on a weekend. Also, might be the first instance with a person wearing a grill
De Palma buries a personal commentary on creative freedom & the exploitation of the artist beneath a post-modern blend of Goethe & Leroux, camp B-movie horror & exaggerated glam rock. The film works as both a vicious music "biz" satire & dazzling phantasmagoria, full of heightened emotions, bold imagery & clever storytelling. The intelligent, self-reflexive soundtrack by Williams is one of the films greatest assets.
A fabulous mixture of classical music & '70s rock, this is De Palma's rare tour-de-force cult classic (also one of his best). You never get to watch this kind of De Palma very often. (post-SISTERS) William Finley and (pre-SUSPIRIA) Jessica Harper are truly brilliant together, especially Harper's singing moments.
Brian DePalma's camp rock opera is definitely cheesy, but packs enough memorable imagery and sharp filmmaking to designate itself as a minor cult classic. The songs by Paul Williams are merely adequate, and the musical numbers tend to go on too long, but this is an entertaining oddity even if DePalma is a bit out of his element.
Wonderful, nostalgic, cheesy musical. Parodic and vibrating blend of concepts and myths from literature, film and rock n' roll that transcends thanks to Brian DePalma's trademark bizarre and striking mise en scène. Jessica Harper is an adorable doll, William Finley and Paul Williams are also stupendous, the first as the affable phantom, and the latter as a Phil Spector kind of mephistophelean record producer.