Comically weird and confusing. But what else can you expect from Brian De Palma? ;)
Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 musical film written and directed by Brian De Palma. The story is a loosely adapted mixture of The Phantom of the Opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Faust and also briefly references Frankenstein and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Initially, it was a box office failure and was panned by some critics, but it was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe and has since acquired a significant cult following.
The story follows music composer/singer Winslow Leach (William Finley), who is seen by Satanic record producer Swan (Paul Williams) during his performance as a back-up act to the nostalgia band The Juicy Fruits, whom Swan produces. Swan is deeply moved by Winslow's song, and, deeming Winslow's music as the perfect music to open "The Paradise" – Swan's highly anticipated new concert hall – has his right-hand man Arnold Philbin (George Memmoli) steal it. When Winslow arrives at Death Records, Swan's record label, he is thrown out. When he...