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Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

Brian De Palma’s rollicking rock opera is an anarchic movie about control.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the rock opera Phantom of the Paradise (1974), directed by Brian De Palma.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Nosferatu (1922)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Phantom of the Opera
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Femme Fatale (2002)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Body Double (1984)
Casualties of War (1989)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
One From the Heart (1982)
New York, New York (1977)
Sisters (1973)
Carrie (1976)
Obsession (1976)
Dionysus in ‘69 (1970)
Scarface (1983)
Blow Out (1981)
The Fury (1978)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Wedding Party (1969)
Hi Mom! (1970)
Suspiria (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Cask of Amontillado
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Everybody Loves Raymond
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Psycho (1960)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
Finnegans Wake
Gimme Shelter (1970)
The Earrings of Madame De… (1953)
Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

The Swan Archives
Pauline Kael’s review

On the next episode: Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès (1955).

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.

The Swan Archives
Pauline Kael’s review