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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Passed | | Horror | 15 November 1925 (USA)
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors:

Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writer:

Gaston Leroux (from the 1910 celebrated novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... The Phantom
Mary Philbin ... Christine Daae
Norman Kerry ... Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Ledoux
Gibson Gowland ... Simon Buquet
John St. Polis ... Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
Snitz Edwards ... Florine Papillon
Mary Fabian ... Carlotta
Virginia Pearson ... Carlotta / Carlotta's Mother
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Storyline

At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus 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 Yepok

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A masterpiece of horror that shocked cinema for decades! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,751,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,360,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original) | (1995) | (DVD) | (Ontario) | (1929 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects) (1929 re-release)| Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

When the front page of the newspaper "Le Matin" is shown, its higher part is written in French, while its bottom part is written in English. Although main titles make sense, in both languages, it appears that lines hardly form a consistent text and are closer to gibberish. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Sanctuary of song lovers, The Paris Opera House, rising nobly over medieval torture chambers, hidden dungeons, long forgotten.
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Crazy Credits

None of the technical staff of this film receives screen credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Kino Company has restored and released a 1930 re-edited version of this film which includes footage shot in 1929 to replace original scenes deleted from the 1925 version. Kenneth Brownilow finished a complete restoration of the 1925 original edit in 1996 with an original score by BBC composer Carl Davis, but this film has only been shown twice in live performances and is not available commercially or on video. Restoration completed by Richard Lloyd (1999); transfer from D1 supervised by Kevin Phelan (Digital Film at The Moving Picture Company) See more »

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Amazing
6 December 2004 | by chicagobltSee all my reviews

Turner Classic Movies owns a restored copy of this film, which I saw from beginning to end for the first time last night. Thanks Ted!

For an 80 year old film, I was honestly swept away by the strengths of this production. OK, once you get past some of the hammy acting, remembering that it was completely de reguer for the time, you get caught up in it.

It has a very steady editing pace, which carries you along in the story, and so there are few, if any, slow points. The plotting and narrative are clear, there are no ' what did he say/mean' moments. The characters are pretty well filled out (there are a few exceptions, most notable the character of the boyfriend/hero) and so the plot wraps around you easily and enjoyably. The production values are amazingly high in this film, the recreation of the Opera (the grand staircase, the auditorium and the stage) the underground (the Phantom's lair, the underground river, the chambers and sub-chambers) and the exteriors were all created in Hollywood full scale. Unlike now, when we would have gotten some truly terrible CGI trash, when that chandelier drops from ceiling…it's a real chandelier, it's a real ceiling and its really COOL!

Cant leave out the amazing secret that few if any talk about, but did you know that not only are certain scenes single color tinted, but there is an amazing 2 strip Technicolor sequence, the Masked Ball, that takes place on the grand staircase. Further, there is an stunning sequence that takes place on the roof of the Opera, the Phantom lurking on the parapet, his 'Red Death' costume from the ball billowing behind him in the wind while he stalks the heroine.

If you are expecting buckets of blood and Spiderman-like effects, this isn't the film for you. If you are looking for a fun film with romance, adventure and thrills in it, if you have an appreciation for classic film making, or just want a film you can watch with the kids, this one has a lot to offer.


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