THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
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♪ LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT BY STEVE STERNER
(1925, Rupert Julian) “Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!” Lon Chaney’s Phantom kidnaps soprano Mary Philbin to his lair within the cavernous Paris operahouse — but eventually that mask’s gonna come off. 35mm print with Technicolor sequences, courtesy David Shepard. Approx. 98 min.
"A pinnacle of the Hollywood fantastic."
– J. Hoberman
"The highs are way up there with the best in the tradition of Gothic fantasy: Chaney's best ever phantom, his face scarred to hell by acid, unmasked at the organ by the timorous heroine; the phantom stopping a costume ball when he appears as the Red Death; the phantom shrouded in the most romantic cape ever seen, perched on top of the statue of Apollo to eavesdrop on the lovers. And the sustained crescendo of the end is still unrivalled."
– Time Out (London)
"Creates beneath the opera one of the most grotesque places in the cinema, and Chaney's performance transforms an absurd character into a haunting one."
– Roger Ebert