Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Poster

**** out of 5

I was going to watch the 1929 reissue version also for comparison, but maybe next October.  This film needs to introduction, and I can add little to what has already been said about it.  Lon Chaney was brilliant, and this is basically all just a vehicle for his performance; also, his makeup is still as impressive and creepy today as it was then.  The rest of the actors are essentially just there to fill out the cast, even the supposed leads, Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry.  The colors in the Bal Masque scene are so vividly rendered, it's a shame the rest of the color scenes shot for this film are lost to history.

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