Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
He's been maimed and framed, beaten, robbed and mutilated. But they still can't keep him from the woman he loves.
- Multiple layers.
- Commenting on society?
- Satan contracts.
- "Sex, Drugs, Rock and roll".
- 70's PG rating is not modern-day kid appropriate.
I thought at first this was going to be similar to Phantom of the Opera, but it ended up being it's completely own thing - and that's not bad. Good music and interesting presentation certainly keep this movie spinning. An enjoyable watch, certainly with bits that people could really dive into if they wanted to divulge a serious topical discussion from it - I really wasn't- has plenty of layers just like an onion. If you like 70's tunes (ranging a bunch of genres), like things that have Faust-ian plots or references, or just crave some space-age gothic (really only space-age in presentation, it doesn't take place in the great void or anything like that) stories about how corporations can steal your stuff and trick the crap out of you then you'll probably enjoy this. Worth checking out if you're age appropriate for all the drug references/usages, sexual implications, violence (not really too graphic, cept some masks at the end), and some "fancy" language traipsing about.