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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal ? What's his secret ?
Lon Chaney ... Erik, The Phantom
Mary Philbin ... Christine Daae
Norman Kerry ... Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Ledoux
Gibson Gowland ... Simon Buquet
John St. Polis ... Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
Snitz Edwards ... Florine Papillon
Mary Fabian ... Carlotta (1929 re-edited version only)
Virginia Pearson ... Carlotta / Carlotta's mother (1929 re-edited version)
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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Universal, 1925), directed by Rupert Julian, from the celebrated novel by Gaston Leroux, stars Lon Chaney, the legendary "man of a thousand faces," in what is hailed to be his most famous movie role, as well as one of the most bizarre presentations of his thousand faces ever shown on screen.
In true Universal fashion, this gothic presentation has all the elements of a suspense thriller.
So popular upon its release in 1925, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was later reissued in 1930, a shorter print with added on talking sequences and new orchestral score. Universal would remake THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 1943 with Claude Rains; and in 1962 with Herbert Lom, each performed differently from the Chaney carnation, but with some explained detail to the Phantom's background and character.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has achieved cult status over the years, due to constant revivals, ranging from theaters to television. It was one of the selected twelve movies shown on public television's 1975 presentation of "The Silent Years", hosted by Lillian Gish.
During the era of home video in the 1980s, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA not only became a public domain title, but consisted of different versions distributed from various video companies.
As it stands, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA can be seen numerous ways on video and the new technology of DVD (which includes a 97 minute copy and an orchestral score), but it's Lon Chaney's performance that will remain the key cloak figure to this silent film's lasting appeal.
* Edward Sedgwick directed a few scenes after director Rupert Julian walked off the set after heated arguments with cast and crew.
* Ben Carré was called in to design the sets, and although he had worked at the Paris Opera House, he had already been living in California for some time doing sets.
* Lon Chaney devised his own make-up.
* The Phantom's makeup was designed to resemble a skull. Lon Chaney attached a strip of fish skin (a thin, translucent material) to his nostrils with spirit gum, pulled it back until he got the tilt he wanted, then attached the other end of the fish skin under his bald cap. For some shots, a wire and rubber device was used, and according to cameraman Charles Van Enger, cut into his nose and caused a good deal of bleeding. Cheeks were built up using a combination of cotton and collodion. Ears were glued back and the rest was greasepaint shaded in the proper areas of the face. The sight was said to have caused some patrons at the premiere to have fainted.
* The print restored by the Kino company is a 1929 re-release version that was re-edited, eliminating some scenes and inserting new material shot after the 1925 version was finished. These included a sound sequence with opera star Mary Fabian singing in the role of Carlotta. In the re-edited version, Virginia Pearson, who played Carlotta in the silent 1925 version, is credited and referred to as "Carlotta's Mother" instead.
* The only part of the set sill standing is the Opera House, though the only parts left completely untouched are the boxes and stage sides.
* Several sequences were shot in various color processes for the top general release prints. Technicolor was used for scenes from FAUST and the Bal Masque scene, Prizmacolor sequences were shot for the "Soldier's Night" introduction, and Handschiegel (a process that uses stamps to hand-color prints) for the Phantom's notes and red cape on the rooftop. Only the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence is known to survive (an IB print from the 1929 re-release).
* Filmed in Stage 28 at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
* The film was re-released in sound in 1929 using Vitaphone/Western Electric sounds disks. Approximately 40% of the film was re-shot in synchronous sound and the rest had a music/sound track added or was dubbed over. The Kino edition (and all except for a few) are a silent version of the 1929 cut, a common practice at the time for theaters that did not have sound systems installed. In the sound edition, Lon Chaney was not available, and contractually, Universal was not allowed to have mouth synchronization of the Phantom. However, they wrote third-person lines to be dubbed over shots of the Phantom's shadow. The voice to these lines are uncredited, but is probably that of Universal regular Phillips Smalley.
* Lon Chaney put egg membrane on his eyeballs to give them a cloudy look.
* A Jewel Production. Unlike most of its peers, Universal never owned a theater chain (ultimately, a wise decision given the 1949 Supreme Court anti-trust decision that would threaten the livelihood of many of its competitors). As a result, in 1916, Carl Laemmle devised a 3-tiered branding system to market its features to independent theater owners: Red Feather (low-budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream releases) and Jewel (costly prestige productions). The studio would abandon branding altogether by the end of 1929.
* For the 1929 sound version, Universal purchased a pipe organ from the Robert Morton Organ Company in Van Nuys, California. It was installed on Stage 10 which was first used for filming and quickly converted for scoring music as well as doing Foley sound effects work. That organ was used for scenes where Erik plays the organ in his basement lair. The organ was used in several Universal feature film scores including "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) and "Ghost Story" (1981) as well as a few episodes of TV series produced by the studio. It was sold sometime in the late 1990's.