The Phantom of the Opera Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1095

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 65

Theatrical Release Date: 09/06/1925

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Horror

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Rupert Julian

Actors: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis

Plot: The Opera of Paris is visited by a mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) who has his eye on the famous singer - but after frightening her away, an ingenue, Christine Daae is brought in and becomes intrigued by the phantom living in the catacombs and his reason for staying. -- Chris Kavan

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/04/2012

Although the version I saw wasn't touched up, this was still a superb piece of artistry. The effects of just Lon Chaney himself are worth watching, though the story (having been told many time since) is a classic as well. I admit to having not seen much classic horror, but if it's all this good I won't be disappointed.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/07/2011

An Opera Ghost (erik), a phantom who asks for opera box #5. Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) is asked by Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry) to resign and get married and stop singing, but chooses career over love. The Phantom abducts Christine only to realize who she really loves. Wonderful costumes and sincere acting coupled with a beautiful score and lush location settings. Its cellar scenes were just terrific considering its era. Gorgeous Technicolor were used for the Bal Masqué scene. Only concerns I had was how the film was dated so you can barely see the writing on the letters displayed and lack of emotion on the face of the Phantom. Mary Philbin’s performance was superb, if only the opera Ghost facial expression could have been more empathetic to truly see his pain upon …

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 2011-12-06 12:37

I've been meaning to address a gap in my filmic experience up to this point: I really need to see some silent classics. I will have to add this to my list - along with Metropolis and Nosferatu.

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Olivia - wrote on 2011-12-03 23:03

This movie, in spite of its silence, is amazing. I feel like it fully captured the spirit of The Phantom of the Opera- it was dramatic, full of motion and emotion, and the text in between the images (almost always pulled directly from the book) -it was all perfect. I highly recommend this for any Phan, even if you treasure the musical above all else. 

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