A fledgling Staten Island journalist witnesses a brutal murder in the neighboring apartment of a French-Canadian model, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.
Brian De Palma
Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about ... See full summary »
An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro,
Evil record tycoon Swan has sold his soul to the devil for eternal youth and success - 20 years ago. Swan's current scheme is to steal the music from composer Winslow Leach to celebrate the opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. While trying to stop Swan, Leach was framed and convicted for drug dealing, and becomes the victim of a freak accident that leaves him horribly disfigured. He takes refuge in the cavernous Paradise, hiding his mangled face beneath an eerie mask and planning gruesome vengeance upon Swan - and everyone else who has hurt him. However, Leach signs a contract with Swan to complete his rock opera based on the legend of Faust for an aspiring singer - Phoenix.Written by
When Swan (Paul Williams) is adjusting Winslow's (William Finley) voice, the singer is not Finley but Williams. This makes it a little in-joke when Swan announces that the voice is "perfect". See more »
The neon sign was and 'needs' to be on a wire. It can't function without electricity. Ergo, the wire was electrified and pointed toward center stage, just where it needed to be, and then held enough current to arc to the 'performer'. See more »
Phoenix, Swan here. I want you to answer a question for me.
What would you give me to sing?
Anything you want.
Anything? Would you give me your voice?
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The closing credits feature a series of montages of the cast members, identifying each by name, starting with the musical trio (Oblong, Hahn, Comanor) and concluding with William Finley as Winslow/The Phantom. These montages are made up of shots ostensibly from the movie, and most of them are, but there are also numerous outtakes. See more »
In the pre-release (or press) prints of the movie, the scene where Winslow was disfigured by the record press was longer; His disfigured face was briefly seen steaming with smoke from the press, and Winslow then killed the cop that surprised him (and shot him in the leg, which explained why Winslow walked with a limp for most of the film; however, he was able to run with the greatest of ease towards the end). The scene was removed from subsequent versions, as it was best decided that Winslow's disfigured visage be revealed at the end of the film. See more »
For the time this movie was made it compares to anything made these days. I only wish it was available to purchase, I have to look more. I can't believe the number of people that I ask about it who have never heard of the movie. I own the soundtrack on vinyl and I still pull it out from time to time and listen to it. Jessica Harper has an incredible voice as Pheonix, and when she sings Old Souls, I still get goosebumps. Should there be anyone out there read this and know where I may be able to obtain a copy of the movie, could you please post and I will check back. Musicals are not usually one of my favorite types of movies, but I would highly recommend Phantom of the Paradise to anyone. Paul Williams is an awesome actor and his role of Swan, well, I don't think it would have been the same had another actor taken it. Again if anyone knows where I could obtain a copy of this movie, please write. Thank you
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