Film of the week: the forgotten charm of a classic, “The Phantom of the Opera” | Roxane Anton

The famous Phantom of the Opera belongs to the “classics” of cinema and literature, such as Frankenstein, Count Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde.

“The Phantom of the Opera” became a cult film and was a theatrical success in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s production.

Right here you can watch a clip, starring Sarah Brightman and Antonio Banderas who is such a great fit to play the fascinating and mysterious Erik.

The story of the mysterious young Erik and Christine, the beautiful soprano, belongs to the forgotten novel by the French writer Gaston Leroux, published in 1911, and established the popular fame of the author.

Gaston Leroux is considered today, like Alfred Hitchcock of cinema, as a master of suspense and “horror” in French literature. (source: “Il Fantasma dell’Opera”, introduction by Vieri Razzini)

His novel has been adapted into seven film versions and is only known in cinemas, where he created a myth. The best version is considered the 1925 silent film, even without the music.

This is the closest to Leroux’s original creation. (source: “Il Fantasma dell’Opera”, introduction by Vieri Razzini)

The plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaewhich becomes the obsession of a mysterious and masked musical genius living in the underground labyrinth under the Paris Opera. (Wikipedia, The Phantom of the Opera)

In Gaston Leroux’s introduction to his famous novel, the author (or narrator) even states that the mysterious Phantom of the Opera was real. He was not the invention of theater directors, artists and fancy ladies. (source: Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera, Introduction)

Another fine cinematic creation that deserves your attention is the 2004 version, starring Gerald Butler and Emmy Rossum, and wonderful music by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

If you want to see the show on Broadway as a live experience, here you can find out more about tickets.

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