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The Phantom Of The Opera

The Phantom Of The Opera

Rupert Julian ,

Film Summary

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Runtime:

93

Aspect Ratio:

1.33:1

Colour:

Tinted

Certificate:

PG

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Genre:

Horror

SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Chaney’s genius for mime and his ability to bring humanity to the most deformed of creatures make for a phantom that has yet to be surpassed, a creature both terrifying and tender, and one of the defining performances of all silent cinema. Some scenes were even directed by an uncredited Chaney, and the sheer visual power of the film has rarely been equalled. A thrilling experience with chase sequences in the dungeons beneath the Paris Opera House to compare with Indiana Jones. Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, once confessed that he owed his entire career to the inspirational unmasking scene.

Gaston Leroux, the author of The Phantom of the Opera, stated in his novel that the Phantom actually existed and was not a fabrication of his imagination. Many executives at Universal Studios probably would have agreed with the author, as they felt their cinematic version of the novel had been cursed by the Phantom himself.

In retrospect, given the numerous dilemmas which befell the production from the very beginning, it is amazing that the film was ever released, let alone to be considered as one of the classics of silent cinema.

Regarded by many as the first great horror film, and certainly the best of the silent era, the earliest version of The Phantom of the Opera stars Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces. Chaney is Erik, the horribly disfigured Phantom who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs and dungeons beneath the Paris Opera.

When Erik falls in love with a beautiful prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair, where he is destined to have a showdown with her fiancé and the secret police. When the movie was first released, it shocked audiences across the world, and many weak hearted patrons fainted at the sight of Chaney’s hideous make-up.

The Phantom of the Opera stands as an awesome monument to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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1 Disc

  • Essay by R Dixon Smith and narrated by Russell Cawthorn
  • Bal Masque sequence in original Technicolor

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