THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
1925, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Rupert Julian

Perhaps the most faithful adaptation of the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel, this landmark of silent horror stars Lon Chaney in the title role (and in his most shocking makeup). As the masked Erik, he haunts the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with chorus girl Christine (Mary Philbin), using increasingly ruthless measures to make her a star and his lover. Among the film’s many iconic set pieces is a masquerade ball sequence shot in 2-color Technicolor.


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