I'm unable to watch a bunch of this stuff, I guess, through international copyright barriers, but I still wanted to jump in to say this is a terrific series. Totally essential to the burgeoning cinephile, fuill to brim with interesting oddities and a nice litmus test for what people actually want from a site like this to which they come to to share their love of cinema. If the slant on that last point is less positive and more cynical than it first appears, I note the Streetfighter 2 thread has almost as man posts as this one. Which is rather lamentable.
Phantom Of The Paradise is just absurdly wonderful, a gem of independent vision and burgeoning auteurism. I first saw it back when the BBC did a season on Phantom Of The Opera riffs sometime around the late 1980s after the Andrew Lloyd Webber show hit huge. I was about 12 and Paul William's creepy visage, the record compressor scene, the split screen and the neon lightening bolt have been part of my psyche ever since. It was the second De Palma film I ever saw, I think, after The Untouchables and I knew from then that this crazy ringmaster would be one of my favourite filmmakers for just about ever.
It may be a very obvious observation, but this would also make a superb double-feature with that quasi-horror-musical...Suspiria. In fact, with De Palma and Argento's pictures and Woody Allen's Love & Death in between, Jessica Harper had an almost John-Cazale-brilliant run of movie roles in the mid-1970s. I've never seen Inserts, her picture before PotP, but its reputation befits such a period of arcane and eccentric delights. However you look at it, that run of pictures neatly encapsulates the utterly rewarding period of cinema the 1970s was for fans of the unique, rich and densely layered artistry.
Which is a long-winded way of saying: great, great job, Dev and Russ. I hope this series keeps on going and going. I'm able to add more stuff to my DVD purchase list, if not actually view everything online. Which is anathema to the whole point of the feature, maybe but...well, there you go.