The Saturday Public Domain Movie: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

"If I am the Phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so...If I shall be saved, it will be because your love redeems me." - Erik
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Spend Halloween weekend enjoying a landmark in cinema history.

Based on the novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom (Lon Chaney) haunts the Paris Opera House  and issues threats if his beloved Christine (Mary Philbin), understudy to the lead, isn't allowed to sing the role of Marguerite in the current production of Gounod's Faust. Knowing that Christine is involved with the Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry), the Phantom kidnaps her to live with him in his underground liar, leading Chagny and others to come to her rescue.

Lon Chaney shocked audiences with his inventive, iconic make-up that created the skull-like appearance of the Phantom's face.  

Because it tested poorly, the original ending from the novel has been changed to the more dramatic chase sequence.  This film and the 1930 version that was created after sound were such box-office successes it led to Universal Studios' long string of monster movies.

 

 

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