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Sunday, July 14, 2019
PAUL WILLIAMS THANKS ARI KAHAN ONSTAGE AT FANTASIA
"HE FOUND THE FOOTAGE - HE HAS RECONSTRUCTED PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE"
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During the Q&A portion of last night's 45th anniversary screening of Phantom Of The Paradise at Fantasia Fest, Paul Williams thanked the Swan Archives' Ari Kahan onstage for his efforts in restoring the film's original footage. Fantasia Fest shared a video of the onstage moment on Twitter.

"So," Williams tells the audience as he and Kahan stand on the stage together, "one of the things that Ari did, is, he managed to find the footage that was replaced. We thought it was lost forever, but he found it. I think that was your doing, right? [applause] And he found the footage. He has reconstructed Phantom Of The Paradise with all the original [footage]. So there is this absolutely pristine version of the film, exactly the way that Brian De Palma wanted you to see it. And, we're trying to get permission to now, once again, display all of it. That's the kind of archivist that Ari is, and it's terrific." [applause]

A couple of days ago, just before the start of Fantasia Fest, where the documentary Phantom Of Winnipeg was about to have its world premiere, Williams wrote the following on his Instagram page:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The enthusiastic fans of Winnipeg are partly responsible for the life and career I have today. Where do you go to find a PR firm or press agent that will remain enthusiastic about a film for 45 years ... singing its praises to anyone who will listen. You go to Winnipeg. With Peggers on your side ..all things are possible! 😝 See you in Montreal! Grateful…❤️🙏🏻🌈i

On it's Facebook page, Fantasia Fest has posted the entire intro and post-screening Q&A from Friday night's world premiere screening of Phantom Of Winnipeg. In the video, shot by Eric St-Cyr, Paul Williams asks the filmmakers how they came to know Phantom Of The Paradise. Malcolm Ingram talks about catching it as a kid in 1979 and the impact of seeing Winslow's face traumatically burned in the record press, feeling like he shouldn't be seeing this. And then, even though he feels he was probably still too young to be watching these movies, he started following De Palma's work, seeing Dressed To Kill and Blow Out when he was still a kid. Sean Stanley, meanwhile, says he was working at a video store, and fell in love with De Palma's films, watching all of them, "and then when 'Goodbye, Eddie' came on, I stopped. And then for the next six months, every single person that came over to my house, I was like, 'You gotta see this. You gotta see this.'"

EBERT.COM REVIEW - PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG "CONSISTENTLY DELIGHTFUL" LOOK AT BIRTH OF A COMMUNITY

Rogerebert.com's Nick Allen was at the Fantasia Fest world premiere of Phantom Of Winnipeg Friday night, and writes about the doc, as well as a bit about the event:

Brian De Palma’s “Phantom of the Paradise” was not a hit when it came out in 1974, released to mild reviews and an even more unforgiving box office. At least, that was the case seemingly everywhere in the world except for the Canadian hub of Winnipeg, where “Phantom of the Paradise” became a fixation for seemingly any ‘Pegger (as they’re called) that had a feel for the crazy rock ’n roll in De Palma’s film. As other movies came through the city, “Phantom of the Paradise” would linger, and play shows week after week after week.

A whole batch of impressionable, outsider kids were never the same, and the movie inspired them to become musicians, or to see a part of themselves they hadn’t. Canadian filmmaker Kevin Smith speaks in this movie about how these “phans” are such a select, intense bunch that they might as well have been part of an alien experiment. Watching these men and women talk with giddy smiles about “Phantom of the Paradise,” like cult members dedicated to a bonafide oddity, he’s onto something.

So goes the story of Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley’s documentary “Phantom of Winnipeg,” a consistently delightful collection of life stories where loving “Phantom of the Paradise” is at the center. We get to hear from many different individuals (not given title cards, making them memorable faces in a pool of a shared love), and they share not just stories of watching the film dozens of times, or of meeting their heroes. They also show off their signed vinyl records, merchandise, and even replicas of the Phantom's helmet, which had to be homemade when "Phantom" fever had first taken over Winnipeg.

Fear not if you haven’t seen “Phantom of the Paradise,” or if you do not share even a tenth of the admiration for it that these people do. The power in this documentary—right from the start—is that Ingram and Stanley celebrate the very specific chapters of their fandom, and immerse us in their geekiness while showing the sense of community. Like the most genuinely touching of films about anyone’s life, this focus then makes it universal. The passion that all of the subjects have for this movie becomes any viewer’s joy, especially as the directors seem to have an indispensable amount of stories about the power that “Phantom of the Paradise” has.

"Phantom of Winnipeg" isn’t so much about a fan community as the birth of a family, one that includes stars Paul Williams, Gerrit Graham, and Peter Elbling—they speak extensively in the film, about what this love for “Phantom” means to them, and how it lead to a gorgeous, symbiotic relationship. To see Elbling perform on stage alongside fans with the same zeal as anyone else in the room is a powerful sight, and one of many ways the documentary surpasses hagiography with its genuine touch.

Perhaps the biggest name involved with the original movie that does not speak in the film is Brian De Palma, but as crazy as this may sound, you won’t miss him—this is a story about the life “Phantom of the Paradise” had after, the meaning a text took on after its followers have passed it around; “Phantom of Winnipeg” is not so much about the ideas that birthed it, or the process of creating it, but the meaning it has to people for decades ongoing. This documentary's strong focus helps catapult the filmmaking through some shoddier-looking passages—even the collection of talking heads feel like a strong directorial choice, as you just want to listen to these people geek out. With its constantly delightful nature, it’s a universally appealing testament to how loving a piece of art—and in this case, both a soundtrack and a movie—is one of the most special connections any human being can have.

Attendees at Friday night’s world premiere of the documentary at Fantasia got to witness this love firsthand. Not only were the subjects in attendance, sitting in the front row, but Paul Williams was there as well, speaking about how the documentary came together, but more importantly about the legacy of the movie. He also stated that he hopes the story of "Phantom of the Paradise" lives on in new versions, and already had a director in mind: Edgar Wright.

Saturday night at Fantasia featured a special retrospective screening of "Phantom of the Paradise," with Williams, the 'Peggers, and producer Ed Pressman in attendance. Pair that with "Phantom of Winnipeg," and the legacy of "Paradise" comes full circle. As one of the highlighted “Phantom” fans stated regarding the decades they loved the movie: “We all saw Paul. Now he’s watching us.”


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Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:34 PM CDT
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Saturday, July 13, 2019
ARMOND WHITE - 'DOMINO' ONE OF YEAR'S BEST SO FAR
"BRIAN DE PALMA'S B-MOVIE DREAMSCAPE ABOUT GLOBAL DISTRESS"
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Yesterday, Armond White posted his "2019 Mid-Year Movie Reckoning" at National Review. "Box-office figures don’t enlighten," White's article begins. "Thanks to inflation, they’re no longer an index of popularity. Aggregate website figures are only a consensus of the cultural fringe meeting the media elite. And that’s the reality we face at Mid-Year Reckoning. The situation is made even more dire by the cablecast of CNN’s disinformation series The Movies. This is what happens when a lesser form cannibalizes a higher form — the non-symbiotic relationship of film and television is disguised as a celebration. But there are a few movies worth the attention of readers who reject mainstream media hype."

White then lists, alphabetically, "the year’s best so far," and includes Domino, writing, "Brian De Palma’s B-movie dreamscape about global distress, is uncomplicatedly political and the best kind of comeback: driven by compassion."

A couple of weeks ago, World Of Reel's Jordan Ruimy posted the results of a "critics poll," finding that Jordan Peele's Us was "named best movie of 2019 (so far) according to over 150 critics." While Armond White was not one of the "film critics, journalists, bloggers and entertainment reporters" who were polled, there was one participant who included Domino in his top five: James Morrison, a film historian at Claremont McKenna College.


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Friday, July 12, 2019
PICS - NEW YORKERS ENJOY 'CARRIE' IN THE PARK
ALSO VIDEO LINK - VIEWERS IN BRYANT PARK REACTING TO PIPER LAURIE DEATH SCENE
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Bryant Park Movie Nights in New York City screened Brian De Palma's Carrie this past Monday night. The picture above was posted to Instagram by The Other Side Of The Brain, with the following caption:
One of the things we discuss often is what we have called the “headphone culture” - a place where everyone listens to their own music in their own world without sharing anything with others. Alone with our devices - On the other side there is this sense of #community this vibration that we know is powerful - tonight #BryantPark has #movienight with #Carrie directed by #BrianDePalma and written by #StephenKing #1976 - This is also #NYC.

Namakula Mu shared a video via Instagram showing the crowd reacting to Piper Laurie's death scene in the movie-- the film was screened with onscreen subtitles. Below are more pics, from Xinhua Indonesia, Hampton Blu, and Brian Smith, with links to their respective Twitter posts.


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Thursday, July 11, 2019
NEW 'PHANTOM' POSTER BY SHELBY HOHL
FOR 35MM SECRET MOVIE CLUB MIDNIGHT SCREENING JULY 19TH IN LOS ANGELES
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/phantomsecretmovieclub2.jpgBrian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will screen from a 35mm print at midnight Friday, July 19th, as part of the Secret Movie Club's "Musical Merry-Go-Round" series at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles. Shelby Hohl created this new poster for the event. "And here is my design for @secretmovieclub 's 35mm screening of Brian De Palma's MASTERPIECE Phantom of the Paradise," Holh states in an Instagram post. "I was elated to get to do a poster for this movie and 18"x24" prints will be available at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, CA July 19, 2019 before and after the screening - this movie fuckin rules so hard and I had a blast getting to design for it!"

UNOFFICIAL TRILOGY OF SATIRE & GENRE -
Hi, Mom! - Phantom Of The Paradise - Scarface

Meanwhile, at the eventbrite page for the screening, Secret Movie Club programmer Craig Hammill writes:

One of the most surprising aspects of Brian De Palma’s long career is his early penchant for and talent with satiric comedy that was able to both critique and celebrate the craziness and excesses of the times in which he was living. Along with Hi Mom and Scarface, Phantom of the Paradise belongs in an unofficial trilogy of satire and genre that reveals deeper veins of observation.

De Palma’s unhinged, hilarious, cinematic musical re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera finds Winslow selling his soul so that he can give his music to Phoenix (played by Suspiria’s always wonderful Jessica Harper) to make her famous. But Swan (played to the hilt by music legend Paul Williams) steals the music and instead opens up a kind of Fillmore/Palladium/Hollywood Disco Bowl from hell, The Paradise.

What follows is a series of over the top but wonderfully delicious musical numbers that skewer and celebrate the musical genres of the 1970’s while delivering the trademark De Palma cinematic fireworks. All wrapped up in a satire/horror movie/1970’s glam rock musical bow.

This is one of those movies that folks just love more and more. Come join us for one of De Palma’s all-time best.


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Updated: Friday, July 12, 2019 12:08 AM CDT
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
'SNAKES' EXTENSIVELY REVISED SINCE FRENCH EDITION
Hard Case Crime tweeted the following this morning about Are Snakes Necessary? -- "the version we are publishing has been extensively revised relative to the version published in France (in French translation)."

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EXPANDED SCORSESE QUOTE, & SAMPLE 'SNAKES' CHPT. 1
BRET EASTON ELLIS: "A FAST-MOVING PAGE TURNER, BREATHLESSLY PACED"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/snakessample.jpgThe Hard Case Crime page for Are Snakes Necessary? includes a full description of the novel, the full quote/rave about the book from Martin Scorsese, as well as raves from David Koepp and Bret Easton Ellis. From here, we find that the book's cover illustration was painted by Paul Mann, and, perhaps best of all, a link to read chapter one...!

"When we were all trying to get our first pictures made," Scorsese begins in the full quote blurb, "Brian De Palma was leading the way, forging ahead, giving a real example to follow. Brian was the model of the truly independent filmmaker, no matter what the situation or the scale of the picture or the size of the budget. When he got into a tough situation, he fought, he did the best he could, he learned and he moved on and made the next picture. Now, with Susan Lehman, he’s turned his energies to writing. In Are Snakes Necessary?, you have the same individual voice, the same dark humor and bitter satire, the same overwhelming emotional force. It’s like having a new Brian De Palma picture."

The other two quotes on the Hard Case Crime page:

"Brilliant, lurid, twisty fun...compulsively readable and fiendishly constructed."
— David Koepp, screenwriter of Jurassic Park

"One of the world’s greatest filmmakers has helped produce a fast-moving page turner, breathlessly paced...irresistible for any De Palma fan."
— Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho

Here's the Hard Case Crime description:

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SCARFACE AND DRESSED TO KILL—
A FEMALE REVENGE STORY

When the beautiful young videographer offered to join his campaign, Senator Lee Rogers should’ve known better. But saying no would have taken a stronger man than Rogers, with his ailing wife and his robust libido. Enter Barton Brock, the senator’s fixer. He’s already gotten rid of one troublesome young woman—how hard could this new one turn out to be?

Pursued from Washington D.C. to the streets of Paris, 18-year-old Fanny Cours knows her reputation and budding career are on the line. But what she doesn’t realize is that her life might be as well...


The sample link is from the novel's first chapter.

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'ARE SNAKES NECESSARY' - U.S. VERSION MARCH 17, 2020
SCORSESE - "IT'S LIKE HAVING A NEW BRIAN DE PALMA PICTURE"
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Well, we have to wait almost another full year, but Are Snakes Necessary?, the novel by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman that was originally published in France last year (in a French translation from English), will be published in the English language for the first time by Hard Case Crime on March 17, 2020. According to a tweet by Hard Case Crime, "the version we are publishing has been extensively revised relative to the version published in France (in French translation)." Entertainment Weekly's David Canfield shared the EW exclusive this morning:
Brian De Palma is making the leap from screen to page.

EW can exclusively announce that the iconic Hollywood director will publish his debut novel, co-written by Susan Lehman, next spring with Hard Case Crime. Titled Are Snakes Necessary?, the book is described as “a blistering political satire” that doubles as a female revenge thriller. It follows a philandering senator who’s cheating on his Parkinson’s-afflicted wife with his campaign’s beautiful young videographer. When things go wrong, the senator calls in his fixer to set them right, with deadly consequences stretching from Washington to Paris.

The novel’s title references Preston Sturges’ classic The Lady Eve (in which Henry Fonda is seen reading a book called Are Snakes Necessary?), and the book will feature nods to some of De Palma’s best-known work in cinema, including encounters with a film crew in France that is engaged in remaking Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

De Palma is best known as the director of Scarface, Carrie, and the original Mission: Impossible. Lehman is a former New York Times editor whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and more. Their collaboration already has one big fan in Martin Scorsese, who says the novel contains “the same individual voice, the same dark humor and bitter satire, the same overwhelming emotional force” as De Palma’s film work. He adds: “It’s like having a new Brian De Palma picture.”

“It is a great privilege to work with Brian and Susan on this book,” Hard Case Crime founder and editor Charles Ardai said in a statement, “and to welcome a filmmaker of Brian De Palma’s caliber into the Hard Case Crime fold. This is not just a great crime story, it’s a sharp, ruthless look at the state of affairs — both political and extramarital — in our turbulent modern era.”


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Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:51 PM CDT
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
DOYLE'S 'CARLITO'S WAY' SCORE ON VINYL JULY 12
COVER ART BY GARY PULLIN, VINYL WEEKEND EXCLUSIVE AT BARNES & NOBLE
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Patrick Doyle's score for Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way is being released on vinyl for the first time ever, as a Barnes & Noble exclusive from Varèse Sarabande Records. Hitting stores this Friday (July 12th), as part of B&N's "Vinyl Weekend," the package features new cover art by illustrator “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin. According to The Vinyl Factory's Jedd Wise, Pullin is "largely recognised for his work within the horror genre."

The Barnes & Noble page for the vinyl soundtrack features a quote from Doyle:

“I am extremely fortunate and proud to have composed the score for Carlito’s Way for the extraordinary auteur, Brian de Palma. I recognised the moment I first saw the film that it was a masterpiece and time has indeed confirmed this. Every new generation discovers Carlito’s Way and the enthusiasm and appreciation over the years for the film, for the score and for the work of all the other departments has been extremely flattering. This film has become a classic and to have my score be part of it is a tremendous honour. Thank you Brian once again.” Patrick Doyle, composer.

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Monday, July 8, 2019
POSTER FOR 'PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG' - VIA AV CLUB
WORLD PREMIERE AT FANTASIA FEST FRIDAY JULY 12, w/PRESSMAN & WILLIAMS JOINING FILMMAKERS ONSTAGE
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AV Club today exclusively revealed the poster for Phantom Of Winnipeg, the documentary by Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley that examines the particular popularity of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise in Winnipeg. The doc will have its world premiere at Fantasia Fest in Montreal this Friday, July 12th. The premiere will be hosted by Ingram and Stanley, "plus Edward R. Pressman and Paul Williams," according to the Fantasia Fest event description. The doc will screen again at the fest on July 14th.

On Saturday, July 13th, Pressman will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at a 45th Anniversary screening of Phantom Of The Paradise, and Williams will join him onstage for this, as well. Then, on Sunday July 14th, Pressman will present a masterclass at Fantasia, where he will be interviewed onstage by critic and professor Donato Totaro.

Phantom Of Winnipeg will have its U.S. premiere this October at Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, NY, and Pressman will again be in attendance. De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will also screen at Sleepy Hollow this year, and more guests are expected to be announced in the coming months.


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Sunday, July 7, 2019
SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH 'CARRIE' IN BRISTOL
SERIES, "BLOOD + HOMAGE: THE CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS OF YANN GONZALEZ"
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Watershed in Bristol screened Brian De Palma's Carrie today at noon, to kick off its Brunches-in-July series, "Blood + Homage: The Cinematic Obsessions of Yann Gonzalez." Gonzalez' Knife + Heart opened at Watershed this past Friday.

Gonzalez is quoted discussing Carrie on the Watershed event page: "It’s a teenage tragedy, very beautiful, and also a love story. It’s this mixture of sensitivities that I really like in De Palma’s films. He is one of the most genius filmmakers alive."

Next Sunday's brunch (July 14) will be a double-feature, Abel Ferrara's Driller Killer and Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. The series concludes on Sunday, July 21, with Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt.


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Updated: Monday, July 8, 2019 12:18 AM CDT
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