Last night Creature Features in association with Civil Disobedience Productions presented a showing of “Phantom of the Paradise” along with a panel of cast and crew to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. The cult classic was director Brian De Palma’s ode to “Phantom of the Opera,” “Faust,” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
The panel was moderated by Edgar Wright, Phantom fan and Director of “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World’s End.” The panel consisted of Paul Williams (Swan), Jessica Harper (Phoenix), Gerrit Graham (Beef), Peter Elbling (Harold Oblong of The Juicy Fruits/Beach Bums/The Undeads), Jeffrey Comanor (The Juicy Fruits/Beach Bums/The Undeads), and Film Editor Paul Hirsch. William Finley, who played The Phantom/Winslow Leach, passed away in 2012. He was sorely missed and tenderly eulogized by all attending.
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