Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protégé lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? Written by
In Christine's debut performance as the star of the Opera House, she wears a costume that is an exact replica of the outfit Empress Elizabeth (aka "Sisi") of Austria wears in her most famous portrait. This includes the white diaphanous dress with full, billowing skirt, as well as the diamond star-bursts in her hair and earrings. This is not surprising when one considers the fact that Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most important collectors of artwork from this period, and would be familiar with the portrait in question. See more »
In the "Point of no Return" scene, when Christine sings "...No dreams within her heart but dreams of love." She has one hand on the basket of flowers. When the camera goes for a wide shot, both hands are holding on to the basket. See more »
Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you. Lot 663, then, ladies and gentlemen.
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A great musical spectacular of a scale not seen since the fantastic Chicago a year ago.
If you only know the main Phantom theme tune, you will quickly learn to love the other beautiful tunes throughout this film.
I had never seen the stage show, nor knew the story before seeing this film, so everything that happened was a surprise including the wonderful ending.
Take a tissue or two with you as it's sad...I won't say any more about that.
The ONLY thing that slightly annoyed me during the film was that the solo musical numbers were not perfectly in sync to the person singing it and it spoilt the illusion that the person was actually singing it and not just miming.
Nevertheless, one of the best films of the entire year, and I've seen a lot of films! An easy 8/10 vote for me.
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