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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

 -  Horror  -  15 November 1925 (USA)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

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Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
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Virginia Pearson ...
Carlotta / Carlotta's Mother (1929 re-edited version)
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Storyline

At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal ? What's his secret ? Written by Yepok

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A masterpiece of horror that shocked cinema for decades! See more »

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15 November 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Phantom der Oper  »

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| (original release) | (1995) | (DVD) | (Ontario) | (1929 re-release)

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(talking sequences, musical score and sound effects) (1929 re-release)|

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| (2-strip Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite its teething production troubles and reshoots, the film was a great box office success, pulling in over $2 million. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits are accurate to the 1929 re-edited version, listing Mary Fabian as Carlotta and Virginia Pearson as Carlotta's mother, however the ending credits still credit Pearson as Carlotta. This is due to the fact that the "1929" cut is actually made of two negatives: one from a 1929 silent version and one from the original 1925 version. It's most likely that the credit sequence is from the latter. See more »

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Erik: [title card] She is singing to bring down the chandelier!
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None of the technical staff of this film receives screen credit. See more »

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Referenced in Miss London Ltd. (1943) See more »

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User Reviews

 
The pathos of Lon Chaney gave the Phantom its dimension...

Lon Chaney was the first of the long line of Phantoms and the one against whom all his successors had to be measured…

The story, despite all its alternatives, is the familiar one of the musician avoiding the world because of his disfigurement and retreating to a hideout beneath the Opera House, from where he emerges to terrorize singers and audience alike…

He kidnaps a young girl singer – perhaps to teach her to become a great star; certainly because, in his grotesque and pathetic way, he loves her – and carries her off to a boudoir he has prepared far underground…

There was melodrama in plenty: in the first version, for example, two would-be rescuers found themselves trapped in an uncomfortable mirrored room the Phantom had prepared, where they first got a heat treatment and then were flooded…

But, beyond all the heightened effects, it was the pathos of the Phantom underscoring his lonely menace which gave the character a dimension, and the isolation of the captor and his captive, imprisoned to a literal underworld, which gave the suspense of the whole film its power…


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