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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Filmmaker Edgar Wright will present Brian De Palma's The Phantom Of The Paradise at Toronto's Bloor Cinema on March 15, 2009, as part of The Wright Stuff: Toronto fest that runs at the theater from March 1st to April 12th. De Palma's film will be the second half of a double bill March 15th that begins with Busby Berkley's Dames. On his site, Wright says of the two films:

If you are a fan of Michel Gondry and yet have never seen a Busby Berkley film, you need to rectify this immediately. Whether you are a musical fan or not, you cannot fail to be dazzled by the eye popping beauty of his choreography. The fact that his wildly inventive setpieces were made in the 1930s is just staggering, they still look impressive by today’s standards. And Phantom Of The Paradise is one of my all time favourite movies. Brian De Palma and Paul Williams’ 1970’s rock opera is genuine one off; satirical, magical, dark and hilarious. It’s both one of the most atypical films in De Palma’s canon, and one of his best.

In late 2007, Wright presented "The Wright Stuff" at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, and kicked it off with a pairing of Phantom Of The Paradise and Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone. Both films feature songs by Williams.

Peet points out in a comment to this post that Wright has previously provided a commentary on De Palma's film at Trailers From Hell. In the commentary (which you can hear/see by clicking the embedded player below), Wright says that Phantom Of The Paradise has a terrible trailer, but is an incredible film. He also mentions that he tried to ape the take of Winslow running down a corridor (as seen in the trailer) for a scene in Hot Fuzz. (Wright also previously provided a Trailers From Hell commentary for De Palma's The Fury.)

Posted by Geoff at 7:50 PM CST
Updated: Friday, February 27, 2009 3:58 PM CST
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Friday, February 27, 2009 - 5:05 AM CST

Name: "Peet Gelderblom"
Home Page: http://www.directorama.net

Edgar Wright already did an online commentary for Phantom's original trailer at Trailers From Hell: http://trailersfromhell.com/trailers/181

Friday, February 27, 2009 - 3:54 PM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Thanks, Peet-- must have missed that one!

Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:06 AM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"

It's a shame Wright chose that particular trailer to do a commentary for, because I don't think that's an actual trailer at all -- it's just a bunch of clips put together without a title card.  The REAL trailer for the film is one of the best ever.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw8NcUKTZXY

Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:08 AM CST

Name: "anonymous"

WOW!  I just found this and thought you might be interested... Paul Williams performing "The Hell of It" from Phantom of the Paradise in The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula (!).


Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:09 AM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"

Whoops, that was me.  Forgot to put my name and e-mail on my second comment.  :)

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 11:32 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Ryan, that video is beyond awesome-- thanks for finding it! How bizarre-- I'll do a post about it this week...

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