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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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


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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
Snitz Edwards ...
Mary Fabian ...
Virginia Pearson ...
Carlotta / Carlotta's Mother (1929 re-edited version)


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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Release Date:

15 November 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera  »

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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)|


| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The print restored by Kino is a 1929 re-release version that was re-edited, eliminating some scenes and inserting new material shot after the 1925 version was finished. These included a sound sequence with opera star Mary Fabian singing in the role of Carlotta. In the re-edited version, Virginia Pearson, who played Carlotta in the silent 1925 version, is credited and referred to as "Carlotta's Mother" instead. See more »


Continuity of Erik's sleeves during the unmasking. See more »


The Phantom: Men once knew me as Erik, but for many years I have lived in these cellars, a nameless legend.
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A magnificent performance from the legendary Lon Chaney, Sr.
6 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1925 silent classic is still impressive, even after seventy-nine years!

Lon Chaney's performance is easily the highlight of the movie. His ghostly movements about his underground lair are haunting even by today's standards.

Use all of the computer generated images you want, but there is no substitute for authentic, old-world macabre. The scene where Erik's face is revealed is still shocking. He seems as horrorified by Christine seeing his face as she is by seeing his face. He seems to feel genuinely violated by her taking his mask off, revealing his horrible visage to the last person on earth he would want to see it. The Technicolor scene of the "Bal Masque" is also quite famous. The backdrops are very effective in creating the moody, medieval atmosphere of the underground passages. All in all, an excellent version of a timeless story.

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