CORRECTION: THIS "RESTORED VERSION" WILL BE THE STANDARD DCP OF THE FILM WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE
A restored version of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will be the closing film of the 12th Athens Avant Garde Film Festival, which opened yesterday (Thursday, May 26th). Phantom Of The Paradise will screen on Wednesday June 15th, closing the festival as part of its "Restored & Beautiful" section. Here's the description from the festival press release:
One of the very first rock operas, based on the novel The Phantom of the Opera, which tells the story of a young and gifted composer; who when a diabolical producer steals his music, transforms himself into a masked phantom, haunting the theatre of his nemesis. De Palma asked Paul Williams to score the film—giving him the necessary freedom, to allow for his talents to unfold through all kinds of popular music, influenced from the 1950s to 1970s.
The opening and closing ceremony will be directed by awarded short film director Thanasis Neofotistos.
And also in the program is a brief bio of De Palma:
Brian De Palma (1940), after studying physics, studied theater and in the 60's lived in the artsy Greenwich Village, cradle of the Fluxus movement. He became the author of a political and critical cinema at the very heart of Hollywood and post-Vietnam America, with films like Obsession (1976), Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), Outrage (1989). His work is both dark and spectacular, referential to Hitchcock in particular, and constantly inventive. Nowadays, Brian De Palma is still an active filmmaker and writer.