Phantom of the Opera (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection)
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Claude Rains plays the Phantom. In this version the Phantom is a violinist in the opera's orchestra, trying to get his own music published. Because of arthritis in one of his hands, he gets fired from the orchestra and left virtually destitute. A case of jumping to the wrong conclusion leads him to be severely scarred by acid, and he retreats to the cool and dark of the sewers for refuge.
Susanna Foster plays Christine DuBois, a young singer in the opera chorus, who graduates to the lead roles when the resident diva is murdered by the Phantom. Nelson Eddy plays Anatole, the resident lead baritone who is in love with Christine.
The Technicolor photography is lush and vibrant, superbly reproduced for this DVD. Susanna Foster (and her amazing voice which roams several octaves) is perfectly showcased in the well-executed opera scenes. Also starring Edgar Barrier, J. Edward Bromberg and Jane Farrar.
Followed by THE CLIMAX (which featured Susanna Foster being menaced by Boris Karloff).
In many respects this version of PHANTOM anticipates the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, for whereas the Chaney version presented the Phantom as a truly sinister entity, this adaptation presents the character as one more sinned against than sinning--an idea that would color almost every later adaptation, and Webber's most particularly so. But it also shifts the focus of the story away from the title character, who is here really more of a supporting character than anything else. The focus is on Paris Opera star Christine Dae, here played by Susanna Foster. In this version Christine is not only adored by the Phantom; she is also romantically pursued by two suitors who put aside their differences to protect her.Read more ›
Anyway, to the review. I really like this movie, I do. But it could have been better, but the movie's plot, set-design, and actors save it from being a bad buy.
Erik Claudin is a old violin genius. He knows good music like the back of his hand, and has a pretty decent life. You think... for he is using all the money that he could be using for rent to pay for Christine Daaé's tutilage. He is striken with the poor girl, take it granted he is old enough to be her father. (In a deleted scene, she was.) But he refuses to let himself be known to her.
He has written a concerto, a musical masterpice. And when bringing it to the publishers, in hopes of getting money and having true success, he falsely blames them of stealing it and goes into a mad rapage. The man who makes copies at the printing building, gets killed by his hand and his assistant throws "photo acid" on him, burning his skin. Back then, photo acid would perhaps damage your skin, but nowadays it's more non-toxic, but could really damage your eyes. He becomes scarred and falls down a sewer, leaving behind his old "wanted" life...
Meanwhile, Christine Daaé is being seduced by two people. Her on-stage star Antole, and her "captain" of the police, Raoul. I guess you can say--from the book and the musical--the part of Raoul is divided up between both of the characters evenly. Both wish for her hand...Read more ›
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This version has gone so far from the original novel that it really should be called "suggested by." Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Phyllis Ann Karr
As a Fan of the book solid yet underwhelming the phantom I pity but he wasn't scaryPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked it I saw it long time ago. I liked Nelson Eddy in it,Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie - Little too much opera and not enough phantom but still good entertainment. Claude Rains at his creepy best.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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