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Phantom of the Paradise

Rated PG 92 minutes 1974

Brian De Palma's Grand Guignol send-up and put-down of the rock business (1974), with a maimed musician (William Finley) haunting a concert hall operated by a malevolent mogul (Paul Williams). 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, which is more often than not. Unfortunately, De Palma's style failed to develop beyond the superficial cleverness exercised here, even as his films grew more pretentious. With Jessica Harper and Gerrit Graham.

Film Credits

Director: Brian De Palma

Producer: Edward Pressman and Gustave Berne

Cast: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, George Memmoli, Gerrit Graham, Jeffrey Comanor, Archie Hahn, Harold Oblong, Gene Gross, Henry Calvert, Ken Carpenter, Sam Forney, Leslie Brewer, Celia Derr, Linda Larimer, Roseanne Romine, Nydia Amagas, Sara Ballantine, Kristi Bird, Cathy Buttner, Linda Cox, Jane DeFord, Bibi Hansen, Robin Jeep and Deen Summers

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