At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta, and 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
(1930 re-release) Now for the treat of your life! the greatest thrill drama ever produced brought to throbbing life on the screen through the miracle of sound! Doubly wild-weird-wonderful with its eerie sounds; its operatic instrumental music and sounds; its grand ballets in color; its drama heightened with dialogue. The world's wonder picture made more wonderful. Don't miss it. (Print Ad- Virden Recorder, ((Virden, Ills.)) 13 March 1930) See more »
Lon Chaney's horrific, self-applied make-up was kept secret right up until the film's premiere. Not a single photograph of Chaney as The Phantom was published in a newspaper or magazine or seen anywhere before the film opened in theaters. Universal Pictures wanted The Phantom's face to be a complete surprise when his mask was ripped off. See more »
When the Phantom tells Christine, "you shall bring me love!", he raises his hands above his head. Then there is a cut to a different angle, and his hands are below shoulder height. See more »
If you turn the Scorpion - you have said 'Yes' and spared de Chagny. Turn the grasshopper - - and the Opera House is blown to a thousand bits!
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None of the technical staff of this film receives screen credit. See more »
The Navarre DVD release (US) runs 107 minutes. See more »
A magnificent performance from the legendary Lon Chaney, Sr.
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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