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Edgar Wright Curates: Phantom of the Paradise
September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
As a finale to Scalarama 2018 in London, Genesis Whitechapel and Elanfest are proud to present a weekend of non-stop exploding cinema. 18 fantastic films – many of which may be new to you – in the tradition of midnight movies and the Scala’s legendary all-nighters, selected for you by the films fans’ film fans: Kim Newman, Edgar Wright and Julia Marchese. There’ll be a Q+A on Friday with Kim and our special guest curator from the USA, Julia.
“I will go to the grave with the firm opinion that of the two horror musicals distributed by Fox in the mid 70’s, this is the better movie, twice as good as ‘Rocky Horror’. Brian De Palma goes all out on his neo gothic Faustian music biz satire. Brilliantly played by Bill Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerritt Graham and the marvelously evil Paul Williams (who wrote the whole score), this is cinematic gold right down to the best end credits song ever.”
After record producer Swan steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach and gives it to one of his bands, Leach sneaks into Swan’s offices. Catching Leach, Swan frames him for dealing drugs, which lands him in prison. After Leach breaks out and again attempts to sabotage Swan’s empire, an accident crushes his face. Leach then dons a costume and becomes the Phantom, intent on ruining Swan while saving singer Phoenix from a terrible fate.
Tickets are £50 for a weekend pass, £24 for the Saturday ‘Edgar Wright’s stuff’ special, or £10 / £7.50 [students / concessions] for each film.