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The Phantom of the Opera 

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Count de Chagnie has discovered Christine's singing talent on a market place and sent her to his friend Carriere, the director of the Parisian opera. However just when she arrives ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
...  Gérard Carrière 2 episodes, 1990
...  Count Philippe de Chagny 2 episodes, 1990
...  Christine Daeé 2 episodes, 1990
...  Erik The Phantom of the Opera 2 episodes, 1990
...  Cholet 2 episodes, 1990
...  Carlotta 2 episodes, 1990
...  Inspector Ledoux 2 episodes, 1990
Jean Rougerie ...  Jean-Claude 2 episodes, 1990
André Chaumeau ...  Joseph Buguet 2 episodes, 1990
Marie-Thérèse Orain ...  Madame Giry 2 episodes, 1990
Marie-Christine Robert ...  Flora 2 episodes, 1990
Marie Lenoir ...  Florence 2 episodes, 1990
Anne Roumanoff ...  Fleur 2 episodes, 1990
Jean Dupouy ...  Alfredo (singer 'Faust') 2 episodes, 1990
Jacques Mars ...  Oroyeso (singer 'Mephisto') 2 episodes, 1990
Anne Julia Goddet ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1990
Frankie Pain ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1990
Frédéric Darié ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1990
Marie Legault ...  Fleur 2 episodes, 1990


Count de Chagnie has discovered Christine's singing talent on a market place and sent her to his friend Carriere, the director of the Parisian opera. However just when she arrives Carriere's dismissed. His arrogant successor refuses to let a woman of low birth sing in his opera, but graciously employs Christine as gadrobiere for his wife Charlotta, who's installed as first singer. He also fights the phantom, an unknown guy who lives since many years in the catacombs below the opera and was granted privileges by Carriere. However the phantom knows how to defend himself and at the same time helps Christine to her career. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

18 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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12 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This version of "The Phantom of the Opera" (which was obviously written for the stage and carries that atmosphere throughout the movie) seems to have been made for those who savor a lush, epic feel- the music, framed around the operatic bits which are central to the story, is gliding and hypnotic (the "Angels Pure" finale may well have been badly dubbed, but I was too entranced to notice) and the sets are appropriately opulant and surrealistic (my favorites being, of course, the catacombs, as well as the scene at the Bistro). And it's rare that I see a movie that has succeeds so well in making almost every single actor, usually under candlelight or a faint bluish glow, look as ethereally beautiful as their surroundings. These two factors alone make the movie worth watching and, when it's all said and done, was probably what was most strongly impressed on me at the end of the four hours. It's very deliberately paced, forcing the viewer to drink in all of the movie slowly and, I think, reshaping the traditional way this story has been told--this movie is character-driven, not action driven, a way of storytelling that appeals to me. When the action finally does happen, we get a clear understanding of why.

The characters, though, weren't necessarily the most believable bunch I've ever seen, a fact that owes some to the writing, which gives them poetic but improbable dialogue, and the woe-is-me soliloquies, particularly on the part of Erik, start to wear. But of course, I can't complain too much--"Phantom" is played as either as a horror story or a melodrama, (or both), and thanks to the (overdone?) effort to make the viewer sympathise with the tragic antihero Phantom, it's not much of a horror story. The acting, too, is a little over-the-top...though a lot of that is probably intentional (and fun to watch!). I wished Christine was a stronger, less wishy-washy character (of course she really isn't shown as anything but, no matter which version, including the Lloyd-Webber "Phantom") and I wished that Phillipe was more of a presence, more of a deserving rival to the gloomy phantomized Erik. I also thought that the fact that Christine not simply sounded like, but also LOOKED like Erik's mother (prompting him to fall in love with her, the old Oedipean twist), shot down one of the main themes of the movie, voiced in Erik's complaint that Phillipe came to the opera for the wrong reason: the love of faces rather than the love of music. Much better if they would have used a different actress in the flashback scenes with Gerard (Burt Lancaster) and Belladora (?), the mother. Still, there are scenes which seem to shrug off the need for realistic dialogue or flawless acting in the beauty of their execution. Some of my favorite parts, the flashbacks, are more-or-less mimed, and to me, the movie is most effective either when the characters are singing or when scene is taking place without much dialogue. The movie is fantasy-oriented, after all, not gritty realism, and after a while you DO grow attached to the characters. All-in-all, the movie is best enjoyed in a dark room and a thick blanket, with a mentality open to fantasy and escapism and cynicism pushed off to the side.

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