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The Phantom of the Opera (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Musical | Drama | Horror  -  7 June 1991 (USA)
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A comedy musical stage version of the Phantom of the Opera, filmed live on-stage during a performance in Florida. Young Christine Daae were on the beach when she heard her father speaking ... See full summary »

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Monsieur Richard
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A comedy musical stage version of the Phantom of the Opera, filmed live on-stage during a performance in Florida. Young Christine Daae were on the beach when she heard her father speaking that when he go to heaven he'll bring the Spirit of Music to teach her singing. A young boy named Raoul gives Christine back her scarf that the wind carried away and then she leaves, but Raoul swears that one day he'll find her again. At the Paris Opera House, in the mid 1910's, Christine is a chorus girl who have been visited by the Spirit of Music who gave her the "Perfect Music", but she didn't know that he's the malevolent Phantom of the Opera! On the opening night, the Phantom forces stagehands - Joseph Buquet to attack the diva Carlotta during her solo spot, in which brings Christine Daae to the lead, and Raoul was there, watching her, he sings with her as they remember of the day on the beach, but the Phantom was jealous, and after the performance when ballet mistress Madame Giry leaves her ... Written by Matheus Marchetti

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A mere phantom of The Phantom
22 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always been a collector – stamps, books, chess sets, music, and so on, 60-years of it. Current craze is of course DVDs. Collectors generally compulsively hang on to something once they've acquired it – even if it turns out to be a piece of drek. You will therefore understand that – while it was a wrench – I've 86d this little item from my collection. And I'm about to tell you why.

The Phantom of the Opera is, like Dracula or Frankenstein (the monster's correct name since he would have the name of his father), an iconic figure from the lushly Romantic (as opposed to romantic) horror literature of the 19th Century. The Phantom exists in a number of celluloid versions, although inexplicably not so many as the endlessly dreary zombie films. At least, thank the gods, there are no zombie musicals.

The story line of this production pretty much follows (if sketchily) that of the Gaston Leroux novel on which the whole "Phantom" phenomenon is based. There is no need to rehearse this, since those who don't already know it … well, what can I say? The music for this production is, at best, kitschy and banal, more or less on a par with the alleged music Disney provides for their teeny-bopper programming. There is only one even remotely good musical number – and that is a very bad arrangement of Camille St.Saëns' "Danse Macabre". This accompanies the scène-ballet which follows the Phantom's unmasking. Missing from the production entirely is any hint of the music to the Phantom's grande-oeuvre, "Don Juan Triumphant".

The acting is no better. Indeed, it isn't acting at all; it's mere declamation. I've heard better delivery from used-car commercials.

This is of course a cut-rate production, complete with barely OK sets and obviously plastic prosthetics. Indeed, the Phantom's mask is far more realistic than his alleged disfigurements. We did get a falling chandelier – not badly done, actually.

I've seen this billed on some sites as a "musical comedy". It isn't – it's a serious if inept performance. We could perhaps regard it as a non-comedic parody. It is certainly a travesty.

I've seen some positive, even enthusiastic reviews for this performance. Well, everybody deserves to be loved by somebody. However, my advice is that you rent this before you even consider buying it.


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