Phantom of the Paradise (Cinemax Tuesday at...
Phantom of the Paradise (Cinemax Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.), a 1974 release, is a rock “Phantom of the Opera” with a touch of Faust thrown in for good measure by Brian De Palma. Delightfully outrageous, it stars Paul Williams, who also composed its ambitious score.
The Pope of Greenwich Village (TNT Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) is a pungent, lowlife odyssey through the mean streets around New York’s Little Italy. Stuart Rosenberg’s direction is only functional, but Vincent Patrick’s dialogue snaps, and the cast--headed by Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts and Daryl Hannah--is top-notch.
Maurice (Bravo Tuesday at 9 p.m.) is James Ivory’s superb 1987 film of E.M. Forster’s 1913 novel. It takes us into the complacent, fixed world of Britain’s privileged classes--hardly a sympathetic atmosphere for an utterly conventional man (James Wilby) to be confronted with his own homosexuality. With Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves.
Voyager (Bravo Friday at 5 p.m., again at 10 p.m.), Volker Schlondorff’s most personal and most romantic film, stars Sam Shepard in his most open and vulnerable portrayal to date. He plays an emotionally detached engineer who, through a series of coincidences, unexpectedly experiences both love and tragedy. With Julie Delpy.