Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ TIFF Review: Liv Ullmann’s ‘Miss Julie’ Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell & Samantha Morton TIFF Review: Liv Ullmann’s ‘Miss Julie’ Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell & Samantha Morton Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” TIFF Review: Kevin Smith's Horror Story 'Tusk,' Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks & Johnny Depp TIFF Review: Kevin Smith's Horror Story 'Tusk,' Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks & Johnny Depp The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Brian De Palma Was Never Going To Direct A Video For Daft Punk After All

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist July 12, 2013 at 10:02AM

When Daft Punk, nee Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, were making the press rounds for their brilliant new album Random Access Memories, they spoke frequently about the huge influence of Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise," both on their masked aesthetic and their music. This was particularly noteworthy because they used 'Phantom' composer and costar Paul Williams for two tracks, including one where his vocals eerily recall his work on the movie. The French robots made a passing reference to meeting with De Palma in a Pitchfork interview, which was then debunked. We spoke to De Palma this week, whose gonzo "Passion" hits theaters next month, and asked him to sort this whole thing out.
3
Daft Punk De Palma

When Daft Punk, nee Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, were making the press rounds for their brilliant new album Random Access Memories, they spoke frequently about the huge influence of Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise," both on their masked aesthetic and their music. This was particularly noteworthy because they used 'Phantom' composer and costar Paul Williams for two tracks, including one where his vocals eerily recall his work on the movie. The French robots made a passing reference to meeting with De Palma in a Pitchfork interview, which was then debunked. We spoke to De Palma this week, whose gonzo "Passion" hits theaters next month, and asked him to sort this whole thing out.

"I don't know where this rumor got started. Let's try to put an end to it here and now," De Palma said, with some gruff authority. He then laid it out for us: "Daft Punk expressed an interest in doing something with 'Phantom of the Paradise' and when I was in Paris I met with them and we discussed it. They were in the process of finishing up their record."

In other words, they never spoke about the video for "Touch," the epic, emotionally devastating track that features Williams' vocals and songwriting. "It was never discussed, me doing a video for them," De Palma confirmed. "They expressed their excitement for 'Phantom of the Paradise' and somehow, if we have a stage version, they might consider doing music for it. But that was as far as it went. It was very tentative, very initial discussions."

When we pressed on about whether or not a "Phantom of the Paradise" play was actually in the works, the director seemed to think that one was always in the works (thought hasn't really gotten very far). Still, with Daft Punk interested in contributing original music alongside Williams, that would have a way of generating a teeny bit of interest, we'd imagine. "They've tried to do a stage production for 30 years. Every once in a while there's a lot of excitement about it and then it fades away. It always seems like a good idea to me," De Palma said.

So while a video is off the table, which is kind of sad, it seems like a collaboration between the robots and De Palma could still be in the cards. And that is very, very exciting, on a purely speculative level.

"Passion" is out August 20th in theaters and August 1st on iTunes and VOD. Random Access Memories is out now.

This article is related to: Brian De Palma, Passion, Daft Punk


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.

E-Mail Updates