The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★½

Hooptober 6.0 - #13
Lon Chaney
6 films from before 1966

There is very little room in the narrative to empathise with the Phantom himself here, due to the formalism of the silent era filmmaking, so this becomes a character piece about the company's fears in the first half and morphs into an examination of body dismorphia in the second (embodied very specifically by Christine)

Still, it is sumptuous, accutely tactile and pretty iconic. The story has just been done to death by now, so any surprise here is a bit spoilt by repitition of tropes down the ages. This telling is a shade too long too.