Phantom of the ParadiseHD Closed Captioning SDH
Brian De Palma
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About the Movie
After hearing Winslow Leach (William Finley) perform a song from his Faust rock opera, Phil Spector-ish impresario Swan (Paul Williams) decides that Winslow's opera would be the perfect debut attraction for his new rock palace, the Paradise. Swan steals the music and has Winslow imprisoned -- but not before Winslow meets aspiring songbird Phoenix (Jessica Harper). Jumping prison, Winslow breaks into Swan's Death Records factory to ruin the recordings, but a record press accident grossly disfigures him. Winslow then sneaks into the Paradise to sabotage Swan's show, disguising himself as the Phantom. Swan, however, cuts a deal with the Phantom to finish his cantata; he promises that Phoenix will sing it but then reneges, hiring prissy glam rocker Beef (Gerritt Graham). Determined to have Phoenix sing, the Phantom soon discovers just how far Swan will go to give the people what they want.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 20
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: This was one of De Palma's early efforts, and its excesses can be chalked up to youthful enthusiasm -- the ideas seem appealingly audacious even when they misfire.
Fresh: As in that other great musical spoof, The Girl Can't Help It, Phantom of the Paradise draws withering links between product and consumer.
Fresh: Nothing that remarkable about the plot in itself, but De Palma employs his love of gadgetry to imaginative effect, and casts a satirically beady eye upon the money-hungry foibles of the music industry.
Best movie ever!
One of the best rock operas I have ever seen along Rocky Horror Picture Show. This movie's script of a mix of the stories Faust and Phantom of the Opera is just absolutely genius. A perfect film for a cult movie lover!
I saw this movie when I was a little girl and I just fell in love with it. I finally find it!!! The music, the story, the characters, everything is awesome!