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The Phantom of The Opera (1925)

A masterpiece of horror that shocked cinema for decades!

The Phantom of The Opera, 1925 poster
The Phantom of The Opera 1925 poster

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux‘s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he “loves” a star. The film remains most famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere. The film was released on November 25, 1925.

The picture also features Mary PhilbinNorman KerryArthur Edmund CareweGibson GowlandJohn St. Polis, and Snitz Edwards. The last surviving cast member was Carla Laemmle (1909–2014), niece of producer Carl Laemmle, who played a small role as “prima ballerina” in the film when she was about 15.

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