Gerrit Grahame

  1. Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise, 1973. Mick Jagger, David Bowie, then Graham were due  for Swan (or Spectre as he was first called, after Phil Spector). Williams became the manipulative, Dorian Grayish rock icon, when realising he was not  scary enough for the titular Winslow. Graham, another De Palma mainstay like the titular William Finley), became Beef. Musical chairs casting, he called it. De Palma’s art v commerce opus began peculating in 1969 when shocked to hear The Beatles’ A Day In The Life as Musak in a lift. “It was an era when people were letting young directors make all kind of films,” he said. “For a while.”

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