The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Rating:
- Raoul = 5 / 10;
- IMDB = 7.7/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 8.4/10.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Synopsis:
The story of a disfigured man willing to do everything in his power to gain the love of a young opera singer.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Review:
This 1925’s version of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera is the most notorious version, partly because it was made by the Universal Studio and partly thanks to the presence of one of the greatest horror actor of all time: Sir Lon Chaney.
Unfortunately, this classic of horror does not stand the comparison with other Universal Studio horror masterpieces, nor with silent horror films from the same period. The film is mainly a love story and there are only very few horror scenes except the final pursuit which, I must admit, is greatly put on screen. The music is also disappointing. I know it was put on later and it probably depends on which version you’ll be watching, but mine was repetitive and too often not suited to the moment, far from the decadent symphonies of Faust or the creepy soundtrack of Nosferatu.
Most of the film’s appeal comes from the monster itself, the make-up is pretty impressive for the time and remains scary even nowadays. However, the film is too much of a drama romance to truly please the hardcore horror fan that I am….and to be honest, it felt like a long 1h45.