Picked up the Blu-ray of Phantom of the Paradise on the way home today and I had to watch it again immediately. Phantom never disappoints, no matter how many times I watch it. And while it’s an excellent portrait of the media world in the 1970’s, much of it’s themes and motifs resonate today.
We have a villain in Swan that constantly monitors and records himself and the world around him to sustain his career, life, and vanity. Winslow is a gawky idealistic nerd that becomes twisted and bitter inside and out and must plug himself into an electronic console. Music and ideas become disseminated and spread, but also perverted and devoid of meaning. Murder manufactured for entertainment.
All for the hell of it.