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1974, 20th Century Fox, 92 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma’s vivid reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera is at once camp, surreal, dazzling and heartbreaking. Cutthroat record producer Swann (Paul Williams, who also wrote the fine score) steals both the music and the girl from composer Winslow Leech (William Finely). Horribly disfigured in an attempt to reclaim his artistic credit, Leech becomes the Phantom at Swan’s new rock palace, the Paradise. Jessica Harper, contributing her creamy alto, plays Leech’s love interest, and Gerrit Graham is hysterical as glitter-rock star "Beef." De Palma turns what could have been a lightweight indulgence into clever pop-culture commentary.

2012, Strand Releasing, 106 min, USA, Dir: Paul Bunnell

“They Sing! They Dance! They're Juvenile Delinquents From Outer Space!” Director Paul Bunnell used the last of Kodak’s 35 mm black-and-white film stock to make this mad concoction of ’50s sci-fi, crime and rock & roll flicks. Banished to Earth, Johnny X (Will Keenan) and his gang search for a powerful “resurrection suit” and find dangerous dames, zombie musicians and loads of B-movie fun. Songwriter Paul Williams and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS’ Kevin McCarthy (in his final feature film) shine in cameo roles.

1977, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Hal Needham

“Smokey” was ’70s trucker slang for the Highway Patrol, a frequent adversary of knights of the road - especially when said knights try to haul Coors beer illegally from Texas to Georgia. But Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is no match for “The Bandit” (Burt Reynolds), whose speed and skill behind the wheel is the stuff of local legend. Longtime stunt coordinator Hal Needham was ideally suited to direct this hit action comedy, which costars Sally Field as a runaway bride and country singer Jerry Reed as Reynolds’ partner in crime.

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