Along with the 1974 movie by De Palma, this second film adaptation of the novel by Gaston Leroux is the most beautiful and saddest: Erik, a disfigured musician, lives in the labyrinth below the Paris Opera and is in love with Christine, for whom he is prepared to murder and to sacrifice himself. Behind the frightening makeup he personally created, Lon Chaney, Universal’s “man of a thousand faces,” leaps from the rafters to the flats, plays the organ in the cellar, and shows up disguised as the Red Death in the ballroom scene, shot
filmografia essenziale/essential filmographyMother o’ Mine (Mia madre, 1917), The Kaiser - The Beast of Berlin (1918), Merry-Go-Round (Donne viennesi, coregia/codirector Eric Von Stroheim, 1923), Love and Glory (1924), The Phantom of the Opera (Il fantasma dell’opera, 1925), Three Faces East (Controspionaggio, 1926), The Leopard Lady (1928), Love Comes Along (Ecco l’amore, 1930).
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Usa, 1925, 101’, col.
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Raymond L. Schrock, Elliott J. Clawson, dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of the same title by Gaston Leroux
Charles Van Enger, Milton Bridenbecker
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Lon Chaney (Erik, il fantasma/the phantom), Mary Philbin (Christine Daaé), Norman Kerry (Raoul de Chagny), Arthur Edmund Carewe (Ledoux), Snitz Edwards (Florine Papillon)