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resources?' Now, having
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
NEW PHANGORIA, COMING SOON...

Posted by Geoff at 7:38 PM CDT
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'PHANTOM' 40TH VIDEO, ETC.
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'."






Posted by Geoff at 12:43 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:16 PM CDT
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Monday, July 28, 2014
FINLEY ART PRINT TO BE RAFFLED OFF
AT WEDNESDAY'S 'PHANTOM' 40TH EVENT, ALONG W/OTHER POSTERS & ART


Susan Finley has donated an exclusive William Finley framed art print (pictured above, 4' x 3') from her private collection, to be part of a raffle at Wednesday night's 40th anniversary screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise at the Arclight in Hollywood. All proceeds from the raffle, which will include other posters and art donated by Susan, will go to the William Finley Scholarship Foundation. Raffle tickets will be $20 each, and the drawing will be that evening.

Posted by Geoff at 7:14 PM CDT
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
'PHANTOM' SCREEN PRINT REVEALED
NEW ART BY TOMMY LEE EDWARDS CREATED FOR NEXT WEEK'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT
At left is new art created by Tommy Lee Edwards for the 40th anniversary screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, which happens Wednesday, July 30th, at the Arclight in Hollywood. The limited edition screen print, which will be available for purchase at the event, will also be given to those with VIP tickets, according to the Swan Archives.

Posted by Geoff at 6:25 PM CDT
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
EDGAR WRIGHT TO HOST 'PHANTOM' SCREENING


It was announced this morning that Edgar Wright will host the 40th anniversary screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, which takes place July 30th at the Arclight in Hollywood. Tickets are still on sale for the event, but going fast. Note that the time of the event has been changed to 7:30pm.

Posted by Geoff at 7:40 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 8:03 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
POLTERGEIST'S ROOM FULL OF MOVIE BRATS
EARLY SCENE IN SPIELBERG/HOOPER CLASSIC NODS TO LUCAS, DE PALMA, MAYBE SCORSESE


Or make that a room full of Star Wars. The frame above is the first shot of a scene early in Poltergeist, which was officially directed by Tobe Hooper, but was produced, written, edited, and storyboarded by Steven Spielberg, who is rumored and in some cases stated to have been the true director of the film. The scene pictured in the frames above and below take place in the children's bedroom, the boy's side of which is, like many a bedroom in 1982, filled with Star Wars toys, posters, jackets, blankets, and more. The shot above that opens the scene throws this great feat of merchandising straight into viewers' faces, a clear nod by Spielberg to his good friend George Lucas, who by that time had made two Star Wars films and was on the verge of completing the initial Star Wars trilogy.

In 1982, Spielberg was still fairly close with his fellow "Young Lion/Movie Brat" director friends: Lucas, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and John Milius. In the shot below, on the very right, underneath a poster for Ridley Scott's Alien, what appears to be a toy yellow taxi sits on a shelf, possibly a nod to Scorsese's Taxi Driver.

After the mother makes the bed, she sits on it, and notices that she doesn't hear the bird tweeting. She looks toward the birdcage, concerned...

And when she gets up to get a better look, finds the bird lying upside down, dead, the positioning of which seems likely to be a visual nod to the Death Records logo in De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise...

This last homage idea is further reinforced by the fact that, according to the recent book, Interviews Too Shocking To Print! by Justin Humphreys, Tobe Hooper himself had been a big fan of Phantom Of The Paradise, which led to him working enthusiastically with William Finley. Perhaps Spielberg storyboarded the scene above and Hooper ran with it. We could say it is just a dead bird, but since both visionaries in the room (Spielberg and Hooper) would have been so familiar with De Palma's film, it seems very likely each of them would have been thinking about the Death Records logo when they staged the shot.


Posted by Geoff at 2:05 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:27 PM CDT
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Friday, June 20, 2014
'PHANTOM' TICKETS ON SALE TODAY @ 2PM CENTRAL
40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT JULY 30TH AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD

Posted by Geoff at 7:31 AM CDT
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
'PHANTOM' 40TH IN HOLLYWOOD, JULY 30TH
PAUL WILLIAMS, JESSICA HARPER, GERRIT GRAHAM IN PERSON, MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

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