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With: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper
Written by: Brian De Palma
Directed by: Brian De Palma
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 92
Date: 10/31/1974

Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This rock 'n' roll musical is still many fans' favorite due to its success as a "midnight movie," a year before The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's a new take on Phantom of the Opera, and quite unlike any other De Palma film.

An evil music producer (Paul Williams, who also wrote the score) steals the new composition of Faust by a talented young composer (William Finley), written specifically for a gifted young singer named Phoenix (Jessica Harper). To complicate things, the composer tumbles into a record-pressing machine and becomes the phantom!

Filled with bizarre colors, vintage 70s-era rock and truly imaginative ideas, it's still a thrill. Sissy Spacek reportedly worked as a set dresser, which helped lead to her role as Carrie two years later.

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