The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
|Director(s)||Rupert Julian, Ernst Laemmle (uncredited), Edward Sedgwick (uncredited)|
|Producer(s)||Carl Laemmle (uncredited)|
|Top Genres||Drama, Film Adaptation, Horror, Silent Films|
The Phantom of the Opera Overview:
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Ernst Laemmle and Edward Sedgwick and produced by Carl Laemmle.
The film was based on the serial story Le Fant?me de l'Op?ra written by Gaston Leroux published in Le Gaulois and as a Novel (September 23, 1909 - January 8, 1910 (magazine) and 1910 (novel)).
This is the high point of silent horror films and one of Chaney's most famous performances, which fixed the character and story in history and led to several remakes and the long-running Broadway musical. Hideously disfigured composer catches the eye of a young singer (Philbin) at the Paris Opera. He makes her a star through coaching and intimidation of the Opera's star, then wants her as his own. The scene in which Philbin can't resist temptation and lifts the Phantom's mask still sends shivers.
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The Phantom of the Opera was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.
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Rupert Julian fought constantly with the cast and crew. Julian and Lon Chaney were not on speaking terms for most of the production, and had to communicate through intermediaries. Norman Kerry actually charged at Julian while riding a horse, knocking Julian to the ground in front of a group of onlookers.
The film was re-released in sound in 1929 using Vitaphone/Western Electric sound disks. Approximately 40% of the film was re-shot in synchronous sound and the rest had a music/soundtrack added or was dubbed over. The Kino edition is a silent version of the 1929 cut (as are, with few exceptions, most others), which was a common practice at the time for theaters that did not have sound systems installed. For the sound edition Lon Chaney was not available, and contractually Universal was not allowed to have vocal synchronization of the Phantom. However, the studio had third-person lines written and dubbed over shots of the Phantom's shadow. The actor who spoke these lines is uncredited, but it is probably Universal regular Phillips Smalley.
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