The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★

Hooptober 6.0: Film #3
I’m not really a Phantom of the Opera in any of its versions but I was adequately entertained by this. Call me a uncultured millennial but I was truly expected to be bored of 100 minutes of a silent film intent on scaring me when I knew in actuality it wouldn’t. True to my word, it didn’t, but I found myself admiring the terrific central performance and make-up work from Lon Chaney as well as the lurid cinematography which was surprisingly focused considering three people worked on it. I was perhaps more impressed by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on a technical level but more engaged by the narrative of this and whilst you can maybe attribute that fact to Phantom’s source material I’m still content giving them the same three star rating.

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