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The Phantom of the Opera (1925 movie)

The classic 1925 Universal Studios silent film starring Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, and Mary Philbin.

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milestone of the silent era

  • May 10, 2009
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Carl Laemmle's screen version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (based on the penny-dreadful by Gaston Leroux), is still a fascinating and riveting screen entertainment, despite being re-made several times (including 2 updates from Universal), not to mention Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking stage musical.

Lon Chaney gives the performance of his career as Erik, the tortured Phantom who roams the sewers and labyrinths of the Paris Opera House. His attentions are piqued by the beautiful young singer Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) though she is already being courted by Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny (Norman Kerry). As passions rise, the young lovers are terrorised by the demonic Phantom as he vows to make Christine his bride...

Lon Chaney turns in a polished performance as Erik (riding high on the success of his legendary turn as Quasimodo in Universal's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME). Mary Philbin's ethereal beauty serves her well as Christine, and Norman Kerry does all he can to overcome the one-dimensional character of Raoul.

The set built for the Paris Opera House was the biggest and most elaborate free-standing set ever assembled for a picture at the time (and still exists, carefully preserved on the Universal backlot). The lavish 'Bal Masque' sequence was shot in the relatively new 2-strip Technicolor process.

The original silent version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA premiered in 1925, but when the advent of sound occurred in 1929, Laemmle released a new print of PHANTOM with the voices dubbed in (sans Lon Chaney) and new ballet and opera sequences inserted. The film was re-edited by Walter Anthony. The version that most people would have seen is actually a composite of the 1925 and 1929 versions.

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Carl Laemmle's screen version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (based on the penny-dreadful by Gaston Leroux), is still a fascinating and riveting screen entertainment, despite being re-made several times (including 2 updates from Universal), not to mention Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking stage musical.    Lon Chaney gives the performance of his career as Erik, the tortured Phantom who roams the sewers and labyrinths of the Paris Opera House. His attentions are piqued by the …
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Director: Rupert Julian
Genre: Adventure, Classics, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: January 15, 1925
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures, Universal Studios, Image Entertainment
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