Review: ‘Phantom of the Paradise’

; Cameraantom of the Paradise is a very good horror comedy-drama about a disfigured musician haunting a rock palace. Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time.

; Cameraantom of the Paradise is a very good horror comedy-drama about a disfigured musician haunting a rock palace. Brian De Palma’s direction and script makes for one of the very rare ‘backstage’ rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time.

The story takes novice songwriter William Finley through the despair of being ripped off by Paul Williams (excellent as a composite rock entrepreneur mogul), framed into prison, disfigured by an accident, and nearly betrayed anew by Williams who ostensibly sought reconciliation with Finley after the latter began haunting the Paradise rock house.

Part of phantom Finley’s motivation is his distant love of Jessica Harper, whom he wants to sing his music in Williams’ rock cantata production.

All the principals come across extremely well, especially Harper.

1974: Nomination: Best Adapted Score

Phantom of the Paradise

Production

Pressman-Williams/20th Century-Fox. Director Brian De Palma; Producer Edward R. Pressman; Screenplay Brian De Palma; Camera Larry Pizer; Editor Paul Hirsch; Music Paul Williams; Art Director Jack Fisk

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Paul Williams William Finley Jessica Harper George Memmoli Gerrit Graham
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