The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★½

HoopTober Part VI: #20
- 6 films from before 1966 (3/6)
- 6 films featuring work from... (4/6 - Lon Chaney)

Whenever I watch older films, I try to keep in mind when it was made and how it must've been like to see it back in the day. With talkies it usually works, no matter whether they're from the '30s or '60s or whatever, but for some reason, it's really tough with silent films because they are so vastly different than what we're used to.

So I really enjoyed THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Lon Chaney is awesome in the role of the titular character, and his mask is pretty spectacular. In general, the cinematography is really striking as well, with some very clever use of coloring for some key moments.

The 1990 soundtrack by Gabriel Thibaudeau added to the dynamic of the film, but I wish I'd seen the version with the original synchronized soundtrack, which does seem like the better choice. Until now, I just didn't know that there were different versions out there, and this was the only one readily available.