Rewatch. Last time I had seen this I was in college...still fun to watch. I had forgotten how much of a corporate dystopia this film is! De Palma hates corporations. Jessica Harper sounds like Christine McVie when she sings and the design of the Death Records office is boss.
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.
One of the angriest statements on the relationship between suits and artists, perhaps even more cynical as it chews up the inspiration's romance plot into male-gaze fantasy. Most fulfilling as De Palma chases Finley's manic slapstick through gorgeously coloured corridors, the music occasionally taking too much spotlight... Bring back the Beef! 3.5
Une version très... différente de l'histoire du fantôme de l'opéra avec une touche de Faust et de Dorian Grey pour le moral. C'est très, très, très étrange, ça parle du milieu du spectacle, c'est un film des années 70, donc ça a pas peur d'être un peu graphique et c'est somme toute absolument génial.
Seriously kitsch but quite original in the panorama of unconventional cinema. The film also contains a suprisinng mix of comedy, fantasies and horror. Slightly in the line of Ken Russell’s grotesque mythologies and fascination for transgressive genres, the burlesque and rock operas.
Bizarre is an adjective that just begins to describe this strange phantasmagoria from Brian De Palma. Melding 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Faust' and rock opera the film is visually impressive but definitely a product of its times. I only had seen the film pan&scan before today and its projection certainly changed my opinion. The use of split images, wild camera movements and inventive technique was impressive.