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3.8
1,184 Ratings

Phantom of the Paradise

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

Synopsis

A disfigured musician sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music.

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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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