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Phantom Of The Paradise

4

Visiting the Sing Sing Prison

Brian De Palma’s lurid riff on Gaston Leroux’s classic melodrama is as far removed from Lon Chaney or Andrew Lloyd Webber as is possible to imagine; frankly, the overall effect’s more akin to being slapped about by glam-rock Oompa-Loompas than serenaded by Sarah Brightman.

A ferocious music-biz satire starring Paul Williams as a Satanic record producer, it’s a gleeful, deranged traffic pile-up of genres: from Keystone slapstick to German Expressionist flourishes.

A real culture trash.
 

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