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Il Fantasma dell'opera
German DVD Cover Directed by Dario Argento Produced by Giuseppe Colombo
Aron Sipos Written by Gaston Leroux (novel)
Gérard Brach (writer)
Dario Argento (writer)
Giorgina Caspari (English adaptation)
Philippe Gille (libretto "Lakmé")
Edmond Gondinet (libretto "Lakmé") Starring Julian Sands
Asia Argento
Andrea Di Stefano Music by Ennio Morricone Cinematography Ronnie Taylor Editing by Anna Rosa Napoli Studio Cine 2000
Focus Films
Medusa Produzione
MiBAC
Reteitalia Distributed by A-Pix Entertainment
Medusa Distribuzione
Telet Release date(s) 20 November 1998 (1998-11-20) Running time 99 minutes Country Italy
Hungary Language Italian
English

The Phantom of the Opera (Italian title: Il Fantasma dell'opera) is a 1998 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, adapted from the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. However, there are many differences between the book and the movie.

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In Paris 1877, rats save an abandoned baby in a basket and raise him in the underground of the Opera de Paris. This child becomes The Phantom of the Opera (Julian Sands), a misanthrope who kills anyone who ventures into his underground chambers, just as rats are killed who venture above ground.

The Phantom, who is not disfigured and hence does not wear a mask, falls in love with Christine Daaé (Asia Argento), an opera singer just beginning her career. He speaks to her using telepathy, and the two begin a romantic relationship. Unlike in other versions, however, he does not teach her to sing.

Meanwhile, the aristocratic Baron Raoul De Chagny (Andrea Di Stefano), has fallen in love with Christine, though at first Christine offers him only platonic relationship. Later, she ruminates that she may be in love with both men.

After making love, the Phantom forces Christine to stay in his subterranean chambers as he goes to secure the role of Juliet for her by bringing down the chandelier. Christine grows angry with him and his controlling ways. She tells him she hates him, and when he returns, she refuses the role he has secured for her, and he basically rapes her. Afterward, while he is playing with his rats, she escapes.

She flees into the arms of Raoul, and they ascend to the roof, where the Phantom hears them confessing their love for each other. The next night, as Christine sings, the Phantom swoops down and steals her away into his chambers. Raoul et al. give chase, and Raoul shoots the Phantom. Mortally wounded, the Phantom's main concern becomes Christine's safety, as he fears that the police will kill her now that they know she's his mistress. The Phantom shows Christine and Raoul a waterway out of the underground tunnels, and then fights off the police as Raoul rows a hysterical Christine to safety.

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The score was composed by Ennio Morricone and featured the two songs "Lakmé: Air des clochettes" (Written by Léo Delibes) and "Faust: Overture" (Written by Charles Gounod).[1]

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*1/2 out of ****    It's awfully difficult to see passion in a film project when the filmmaker behind it wrongs more than he rights. Such is the case with Dario Argento's adaptation of the classic Gothic Romance/Horror novel "The Phantom of the Opera". It is a film that Argento was obviously committed to throughout its entire production, but man, never has dedication been this boring, bland, disjointed, and silly. Well, maybe I'm wrong in saying that; there have been worse movies …
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