- Silent film based on the novel by Gaston Leroux
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: November 27, 2001
- Originally Released: 1925
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 10/27/1995
"...Shivers still crawl up spines." -- Rating: A
Total Film - 02/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Chaney] imbues this character with bravado and menace..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2012
"One of the great blood-and-thunder silent horror melodramas, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains rollicking entertainment to this day..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
One of the greatest horror thrillers of all time, this classic silent film features the original restored color sequence.
The majestic Paris Opera House rises high above the catacombs, the long forgotten dungeons and torture chambers of the city of Paris. Lon Chaney gives his greatest performance as the Phantom, the vengeful composer who wears a mask to hide his hideous deformed face. His love for a young prima donna takes a sinister turn when he abducts her and carries her away to his lair in the depths of the catacombs. The unmasking of the Phantom is one of the most chilling and unforgettable moments in motion picture history.
Lon Chaney, "Man of a Thousand Faces," stars in this silent horror classic. In the film, based on Gaston Leroux's timeless novel, a disfigured, catacomb-dwelling musician (Chaney) terrorizes the Paris Opera House while attempting to turn a pretty chorus girl (Mary Philbin) into a star.
The Phantom lives deep in the recesses of the Paris Opera House, well hidden from cruel and prying eyes. But when he falls in love with the beauteous Christine Dane, he becomes aware of his intense loneliness; in desperation, the Phantom kidnaps his love and carries her back to his secret lair. Assuring Christine that he will never harm her, he asks only one thing: that she never remove his mask.
Essential Cinema |
- THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.