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Monday, February 8, 2016
CINEMATARY LOOKS AT 'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE'
FIRST PART OF A SERIES ON DE PALMA, WEEKLY PODCAST
Cinematary, a weekly movie podcast, begins a series on Brian De Palma with this week's episode. The second half of the hour-long episode features Zach, Dylan, Lydia, and Nathan discussing Phantom Of The Paradise. All but one of the four watched De Palma's film for the first time in preparation for the discussion. The discussion is worth listening to, as it becomes quickly apparent that the participants have a smart, invested interest in cinema. While it is disappointing to hear two of them agree in the wrap-up that De Palma "tries" to cram too much into this film, they also have the insight to note that Phantom seems socially and culturally aware of the time in which it was made. At one point, one of the participants states that the thing about De Palma is, "the more you see his movies, the more everything makes sense."

Some of the most interesting comments come from Lydia. When asked to explain her first impressions of the film, she says, "It starts off, and you’re not really sure you’re with it, because it just goes so fast, the plot points, it doesn’t waste any time. But then, I was kind of into it by the time we got to the staging of Faust, and the big performances. I kind of got on board with it, because De Palma has a very specific vision and cinematic goals. I mean, whether or not you like it, it’s very clear he’s an artist, and is able to put what he wants on screen, every second. And I really appreciated that."

Posted by Geoff at 11:49 PM CST
Updated: Monday, February 8, 2016 11:51 PM CST
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
TWEETS: EDGAR WRIGHT/GUILLERMO DEL TORO
WITH RESPONSE FROM PAUL WILLIAMS

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Saturday, December 5, 2015
'PHANTOM' DOC IN THE WORKS
FOCUS WILL BE ON THE FILM'S FAN COMMUNITY FOLLOWING IN WINNIPEG

Phantom of Winnipeg Indiegogo from Malcolm Ingram on Vimeo.



Documentary filmmaker Malcolm Ingram has begun making a film about Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, and its popularity in Winnipeg. According to Deadline's Ross A. Lincoln, "Phantom of Winnipeg will tell the story of that fan community and how it’s still going strong today. Like a concentrated and highly idiosyncratic Rocky Horror Picture Show, the film found in Winnipeg a devoted audience of, weirdly, 9 to 13-year-olds, who bought hundreds of tickets. Phantom actually outsold Jaws in its initial release, and local sales of the soundtrack helped the album go gold in Canada. The film also spawned “Phantompalooza,” a local festival held biannually since 2004. Digging deep into an outsider community and the dynamics of fan culture, Phantom of Winnipeg will present the life stories of the fans who made it happen, the cast and creative team behind the film and their reaction to the phenomenon, and some of the established artists influenced by it."

Ingram and his producer have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the film. Ingram's first film, Small Town Gay Bar, premiered at Sundance in 2006. His other films are Bear Nation, Continental, and Out To Win.


Posted by Geoff at 7:22 PM CST
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
GRAHAM TO ATTEND 'PHANTOM' IN NY DEC 4
POST-SCREENING Q&A W/FANGO'S MICHAEL GINGOLD AT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE IN YONKERS, 35MM PRINT
Gerrit Graham will be on hand for a Q&A following a screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise at 8pm December 4th, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, New York. The film will be projected from a 35mm print, and the Q&A will be moderated by Fangoria's editor-in-chief, Michael Gingold.

"The ultimate synthesis of horror and rock 'n' roll," begins the Alamo description, "Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise is an explosion of music, madness and the director's trademark camera style, complete with prowling cameras and split screens." Fangoria's staff description of the event concludes, "If you’re in or around NYC, come see Phantom in all its colorful big-screen glory with its most outrageous character in attendance!"

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Monday, September 7, 2015
'PHANTOM' FOOTAGE GOES TO ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE
SWAN ARCHIVES DONATES MATERIAL, WILL BE PROFESSIONALLY PRESERVED & STORED
This past July, The Swan Archives put up for auction the original outtakes, deleted scenes, and other original materials it had managed to unearth and collect from Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. A reserve price had been met, but when the Academy Film Archive expressed interest in the materials, the Archivist happily canceled the auction. Here's how the excellent news was reported on the Swan Archives News page on August 25th, accompanied by a photo that included the Archivist, Paul Hirsch, and others:
Today, our Principal Archivist delivered our donation of the Archives' collection of outtakes, b-roll, and deleted scenes, in the form of 35mm negatives and interpositives, along with negatives of the TV spots and trailer and related ephemera, to the Academy Film Archive, an arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in Los Angeles. At the AFA's facilities, the delicate footage will be catalogued, preserved, and stored professionally in the best possible conditions, so that it will be available for whatever use the future sees fit to put it to. Our Archivist (center) was joined for the handoff (and a nice lunch and "backstage" tour of the AFA's facilities) by, from left to right, AMPAS Acquisitions Archivist Howard Prouty; (Ed Pressman's wife) Annie Pressman; AFA Collections Curator Fritz Hertzog; AFA Senior Film Archivist Bill Black; Accessioning Archivist Rachel Rosenfeld from the Margaret Herrick Library; and (Phantom editor) Paul Hirsch. We at the Archives couldn't be happier with this conclusion to our adventure with this material. Now, with our own mission -- to shepherd the material to a hi-def release for the enjoyment of Phantom fans around the world -- accomplished, it's satisfying, and comforting, to know that the footage will be lovingly preserved alongside the tens of thousands of other culturally significant cinematic relics curated by the professionals at the AFA.

Posted by Geoff at 11:16 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 10:21 PM CDT
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
ORIGINAL 'PHANTOM' FILM MATERIALS FOR SALE
SWAN ARCHIVES READY TO PART WITH ORIGINAL NEGATIVES, ETC., IN EBAY AUCTION IF RESERVE PRICE IS MET
Now that the footage has been made available to fans, and in high-quality formats, the Swan Archives is ready to sell the original outtakes, deleted scenes, and more original materials from Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. There is an Ebay auction for the materials that ends July 29, with a reserve price that must be met before the auction can be won. Here is the description of the materials from the Ebay listing:
The Swan Archives is parting with its entire collection of original 35mm and 16mm film related to Brian De Palma's 1974 masterpiece, Phantom of the Paradise. Most of this material is ONE OF A KIND.

Among this footage is the material that was borrowed from us and used as the basis of the outtakes and deleted scenes bonus material on the recent bluray editions of the film in the UK (from Arrow Films) and the US (Shout Factory).

You are bidding on:

- Approximately an hour's worth of deleted scenes and outtakes from Phantom of the Paradise on the original 35mm negatives and interpositives, in the original film cans, with the original labeling from the processor, from 1973/1974. Most (but not all) of this footage was used on the Shout/Scream blurays. There are still a few surprises left in there!

- Three 35mm "coming attractions" trailers: one from the first campaign in 1974, one from the second campaign in 1975, and one negative from the first campaign. The negative is pristine, and the positives have very light use.

- 16mm Negatives and separate audio track for 2 60-second TV spots, plus one positive. These are as minty as they can be.

- Original runcards from the processor, as well as dozens of pages of handwritten notes about how to piece the film together, plus dozens of pages of invoices and related correspondence between the processor and the production. You can see much more about the footage on the Swan Archives website, on our Promotion, Production Fiasco, and Production Outtakes pages.

I will pay shipping within the USA. Sorry, I'm not willing to ship this item internationally; I don't want to deal with the customs hassles. If you're outside the USA, maybe you have a friend in-country...I'll be happy to ship it to them.

You're also welcome to pick this item up at the Archives, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're always happy to meet other fans.

This is a piece of cinema history. Sale of this film does not imply any rights in the footage embodied in the film. There is a reserve price on this auction. If the reserve price is not met, the item won't sell. Thanks for looking, and for bidding!


Posted by Geoff at 12:15 AM CDT
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Saturday, July 11, 2015
'PHANTOM' SATURDAY NIGHT IN PORTLAND
Sorry for the late notice, but Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will be screened from DCP at 9:40 tonight at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. It also screened there last night-- apologies again, if you're in the area and didn't know.

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Monday, June 22, 2015
COLIN CAMERON HAS DIED
PORTRAYED ONSCREEN BASS PLAYER FOR HOUSE BAND IN 'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE'
Colin Cameron, who portrayed the onscreen bass player for the ever-evolving house band in Phantom Of The Paradise, has passed away after a long illness. He was 73. Cameron was a member of Paul Williams' band in the 1970s, which is how he and others in Williams' band found themselves pretending to play their instruments as part of the Juicy Fruits and the Beach Bums in Phantom. While several of the other musicians did play on the Phantom soundtrack, Cameron actually did not. Even so, Cameron was a highly-respected fluent bass player who you can hear playing bass on the Williams-penned songs in The Muppet Movie, and who played on soundtracks and records by Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Cher, Tina Turner, Kris Kristofferson, Del Shannon, Olivia Newton-John, and many many others. Over at The Swan Archives, the Principal Archivist writes of Cameron, "We're glad he was able to make it to the 40th Anniversary screening of Phantom at the Cinerama Dome last year, giving a lot of Phantom fans the opportunity to meet him."

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
STEPHEN ROMANO IMAGINES 'PHANTOM' SEQUEL
POSTER IS FINAL IN 'RETRO 13' SERIES, PRESENTING UNIQUE TAKES ON GENRE FILMS

The above poster by Stephen Romano imagines an R-rated sequel to Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. This is the 13th poster in Romano's "RETRO 13" series. "You’re going to see thirteen all-new movie posters," Romano wrote on Dread Central last March, "done in the exact style of the eras they represent, complete with fold marks and aging, and it will be the MOST authentic series like this ever created."

Here is Romano's introduction/description of the new poster from Dread Central:

This week we come to the end of RETRO 13. Yep, this is NUMBER 13, kids. And what could be finer for our climax than the resurrection of horror’s most beloved Faustian rock star and king of 1970s camp? I’ve saved one of my very favorites for last, and that’s The Phantom of the Paradise Must Die! An epic tale of lust and revenge, music and madness, with all of your favorite characters from the original back from the dead and ready to party in the ultimate rock show from beyond the gates of hell!

The die-hards among you already know there was never a 1979 sequel to Phantom of the Paradise, but wouldn’t it have been damn cool if there had been? I can see it all now: legendary genre director Brian De Palma (desperate for a hit) and legendary songwriter/actor Paul Williams (stoned out of his mind)—collaborating one more time on a film that never would have been made in the real world. In our bizarro universe of infinite possibilities, the fat cats at 20th Century Fox somehow miss the fact that the original film made exactly nothing and failed with every citric in America who saw it. They also approve a ridiculously whopping EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR budget and pump every available resource into getting the sequel made (that was a bloody fortune in 1979; remember Star Wars only cost TEN MILLION a few years earlier) and then, of course, the film goes millions over budget, with fistfights and temper tantrums on set, affairs and lawsuits and drug binges on screen and off screen, as the film becomes the most controversial and talked-about Hollywood train wreck in recent memory. Finally, the results are unleashed on an unsuspecting public in the glorious summer of Alien and Phantasm and Mad Max. Is the film any good?

Well, fuck YES it is, people. It’s the sequel to Phantom of the Paradise.

Starting with a bang, the fallen Winslow Leach strikes a deal in hell with the Devil, played by John Lennon (in one of an unprecedented fifty-seven celebrity rock star cameos), and returns to Earth to haunt his one true love, Phoenix, played again by Jessica Harper—who has become the biggest rock star in history after the climactic events of the first film. Having only two weeks before his contract with hell expires, Winslow again becomes THE PHANTOM, wreaking a bloody vengeance on those who dare to cross Phoenix, including Beef, who was electrocuted in the first film and yet inexplicably has returned to Earth as a gay vampire. After a hilariously protracted battle, they all end up joining together to stage an epic rock opera production of Faust, which will open the gates of hell and bring about a “fiery apocalypse of music and mayhem.”

BUT WAIT!

The evil Swann (again played by Paul Williams) also returns to earth, motivated by greed and vanity, having made an even darker deal with the BIG GUY UPSTAIRS—with just 48 hours left on his contract. The war is waged on stage, in a musical finale pitting titan against titan. If Swann wins, he will rule the earth and regain his fame as the number one rock star in history. If the Phantom wins, the universe will fall into fire. And so THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE MUST DIE!

No other film in 1979 was as batshit crazy as this motherfucker.

And it’s our final film.

So please… if you are a fan of the RETRO 13, seek out the original Phantom of the Paradise and all the other movies I’ve championed here. They are some of my favorite films and some of the best ever made in our beloved genres. I’ve had great fun with this series and hope to return one day with a sequel of my own. Perhaps RETRO 13 PART 2? Anything is possible in a bizarro universe of infinite possibilities. So keep your eyes peeled. We may not be quite done yet, kids.

Moo-hoo-hah-hah…


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
PODCAST - 'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE'
TWO GUYS WATCH DE PALMA'S FILM - ONE OF THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME - AND DISCUSS

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