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The Phantom of the Opera (1998) Poster

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Rumour has it that Dario Argento's original cut of the film ran almost an hour longer and that the version which was finally released, has been heavily re-cut and changed by the producers to assure the film's appeal to wider audiences.
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Although there's a phantom mask on the theatrical poster, this is actually the only film version of Gaston Leroux's novel in which the Phantom wears no mask at all.
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The role of the Phantom was first intended for John Malkovich.
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Cinematographer Ronnie Taylor has worked on three other adaptations of Gaston Leroux's novel "The Phantom of the Opera". He was cinematographer in Dario Argento's previous Opera (1987), as well as camera operator in Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise (1974). He also did the cinematography for Popcorn (1991), which is considered to have been inspired by the novel.
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