Phantom of the Paradise

OCT 31

"He sold his soul for rock-n-roll," read the tagline for Brian De Palma's satire of the '70s rock scene. Opening on Halloween 1974, this mash-up of the Faust story with The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Phantom of the Opera, pre-dated the release of its cult classic cousin The Rocky Horror Picture Show by almost a year.


In the film, a meek composer is betrayed by an evil impresario who steals the composer's rock opera to open a new music palace, The Paradise. During his quest to exact revenge on the corrupt producer, the composer is horribly disfigured in a freak record-pressing accident leading him to haunt The Paradise as a leather clad, helmeted ghoul. 


Shot primarily in Dallas at the Majestic, a disused movie palace, the film features a score by pop songwriter Paul Williams who co-stars as the devilish music tycoon Swan. William's eclectic mix of 50's music send-ups and glitter rock was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award. 


Phantom was a box office bomb on it's initial release but has experienced something of a renaissance over the intervening decades. Sporting a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is now championed by a new generation of artists that includes directors Guillermo del Toro and Edgar Wright and the electronic music duo Daft Punk.

Friday evening's screening is a co-presentation of Portland Opera and OMSI.


Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.


Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $50 adult, $45 senior, or $35 youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased starting October 1 at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.