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|Phantom of the Paradise|
Harbor Productions, 1974
Rated: PG in North America, 15 in the U.K.
Running Time: 92 minutes
Director: Brian De Palma
Producer: Edward R. Pressman
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Recommended by: Ross Pavlac
A re-telling of the Faust tale, done in a rock and roll format, centering on a retelling of Faust done as a rock and roll cantata (i.e., a story within a story, both of which are about Faust.) The film dates a bit, because DePalma's 1974 vision of what would be "outrageous" rock and roll concert behavior by the artists has been, shall we say, surpassed by reality. Otherwise, though, it's an underrated, quirky film about the nature of choices and compacts, and a study in just how much one is willing to sacrifice for one's goals.
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