Double Feature

Phantom of the Paradise

Suspiria

Phantom of the Paradise

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Director Brian De Palma’s update of Phantom of the Opera, with additional bits of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Faust, set at the dawn of corporate rock. Composer Winslow (William Finley) has his music stolen by Swan (Paul Williams), a record producer about to open up a concert hall, The Paradise. When Winslow goes to Swan’s record company to demand the music’s return, he’s beaten and framed for drug dealing by Swan’s henchmen. While in prison and after his escape, Winslow suffers disfigurement, further fueling his revenge quest. He lurks in the bowels of The Paradise, terrorizing Swan and his bands. Coming face-to-face, Swan cons Winslow into believing he can still have his music produced and use the singer of his choice, Phoenix (Jessica Harper). Things go predictably wrong and Phoenix is replaced by Beef (Gerrit Graham), an egocentric glam star. Electrocutions onstage, double crosses and Swan’s seduction of the innocent Phoenix follow, with Winslow near hopeless when he realizes Swan is immortal due to a pact with Satan.

“Not just one of the flashiest, angriest musical films, but an enduring and damning kiss-off to America’s spiraling desperation for entertainment.” – Jacob Oller, The Film Stage

“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.” – Variety

Marc Edward Heuck discusses Phantom of the Paradise on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Brian De Palma
Starring
William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Peter Elbling
Year
1974
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
92 minutes

Suspiria

Dario Argento’s hallucinatory tale of nightmares and the phantasmagoric is essential viewing for all fright fanatics! When an American student (Jessica Harper) arrives at an elite ballet boarding academy in Germany on a dark and stormy night, she’s catapulted into a deadly journey to uncover the school’s sinister secrets before she becomes its next victim. With some of the most stylish set pieces ever set to celluloid, truly stunning color lighting effects, and an all-time great Goblin score, Suspiria demands to be experienced loud and on the big screen.

Director
Dario Argento
Writer
Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi
Composer
Goblin
Starring
Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi, Udo Kier
Year
1977
Rated
R
Country
Italy
Format
35mm
Running Time
93 minutes

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