EDGAR WRIGHT LEADS DISCUSSION WITH PAUL WILLIAMS, JESSICA HARPER, GERRIT GRAHAM, PAUL HIRSCH, PETER ELBLING, JEFFREY COMANOR, AND, LATER, SUSAN FINLEY
The Swan Archives' Principal Archivist was at the event, and reports on that site's News Page that it was "spectacular." The Archivist spotted Eli Roth in the crowd, as well as Phantom bass player Colin Cameron. More from the Archivist report at Swan Archives:
"Creature Features' Taylor White introduced the film," reports the Archivist, "which was followed by a generously long panel discussion hosted by Wright, and a short talking head video from Guillermo del Toro was screened, in which he spoke eloquently of his longstanding love for Phantom, and of how influential and inspirational it, and De Palma in general, have been to his own art. Ed Pressman had provided a video as well, which was not screened due to 'technical difficulties'." Maybe Ed will let us post it to the Archives, so it can be seen... Our Principal Archivist was very happy to have a chance to chat with Paul Hirsch, who hadn't seen the film in forty years, and was immensely gratified to see it with the sort of responsive audience that had been hoped for, but never attained, in the film's initial release, and, in particular, that the laugh lines fell how they were supposed to, that people broke out in applause after the musical numbers, and that the film 'worked'."