Brian DePalma’s 1974 cult film Phantom of the Paradise — a rock’n’roll horror-musical that fuses Phantom of the Opera, Faust, and The Picture of Dorian Gray — has been the subject of multiple broadcasts of KCSB’s music-and-cultural arts show, “The Freak Power Ticket.” Later this morning, producer / host Ted Coe revisits an interview from late 2014 with Ari Kahan, curator of SwanArchives.org, the definitive Phantom of the Paradise fansite.
Ari Kahan, one of the original organizers of “Phantompalooza” fan festivals in Winnipeg, Canada, has also served as a consultant on reissues of Phantom of the Paradise on disc. He talks about the impact of the film across five decades.
Today’s program will feature the bulk of that conversation, dialogue and soundtrack samples, commentary, and selections of actor / composer Paul Williams’ songs for the film, including more recent cover versions. In 1975, Phantom of the Paradise was nominated for Best Original Song Score and Adaptation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon PST.