Saturday, June 22, 2013

True Classics Never Die by Mariposa Cruz @WildRosePress @KMNbooks

KAREN: The talented Mariposa Cruz is here to chat about the old classic: The Phantom of the Opera. So grab your popcorn and soda and join us as we discuss Lon Chaney's portrayal of a tortured soul.

The Phantom of the Opera 1925 by Mariposa Cruz

The pizza joint in my hometown played continuous silent movies.  One of my favorite memories is savoring a thick slice of pepperoni pizza while watching the silent drama unfold on the big screen. Eventually the silent movies were dumped for big screen football games and the joint later became a Chinese buffet.

But true classics never die. One night over chicken chow mien my son and I watched the original Phantom of the Opera. Deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress, the film’s haunting elegance and Lon Chaney’s poignant performance makes this classic well worth a watch. Often older horror films are diminished by now-dated special effects (like a rubber bat dangling outside a window). The cinematography of the 1925 film evokes a sense of eeriness with looming shadows and a solitary black cat racing down a stone staircase.

The opera house set still resides inside Soundstage 28 of Universal Studios.  The opera house is the oldest surviving structure constructed for a movie and has appeared in hundreds of TV shows and films including The Muppets (2011). 

Lon Chaney did his own make up for the film and the result horrified audiences.  He painted his eye sockets and nostrils black for a skull-like effect. Whether Chaney wears the phantom’s mask or a grotesque leer, his hand movements are smooth and graceful reflecting an artistic soul. In an autobiographical article for “Movie” magazine, Chaney noted “Most of my roles since The Hunchback of Norte Dame, such as The Phantom of the Opera… have carried the theme of self-sacrifice or renunciation. Those are the stories I wish to do.”

About the Author: 
Mariposa Cruz balances writing with working as a fulltime corporate paralegal. As a writer she has interviewed cowboy crooners and rock divas. Her articles have appeared in local magazines and indie newspapers. She currently resides with her own pack of two teens in Reno, Nevada.

Roar by Mariposa Cruz   

Focused on the bottom line, corporate paralegal Linda Underwood answers to no one. Linda’s world is torn apart when a bear shifter turns her romantic weekend rendezvous into a desperate struggle to stay alive. Now a recently-turned shifter herself, she is determined to beat the affliction by ignoring her newly awakened beastly impulses.

After the accidental death of his wife, shifter Flynn Cromwell finds solace immersed in his computer network security work in a remote mountain cabin. When he discovers Linda’s ravaged body near the brink of death, he’s compelled to protect her.

Can Flynn save Linda from her own stubborn nature and defend her from a vicious shifter with a taste for her blood? Available at: The Wild Rose Publishing

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Mariposa Cruz said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Karen,
I love chatting about classic movies. Thanks for having me as a guest today!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mariposa CruzI'm so glad to have you here! Thanks for sharing your love for the classics!

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Phantom as didn't realize there was a classic movie version. A very interesting blog!

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry for the typo! I'm not on my own computer right now.

Mariposa Cruz said... Best Blogger Tips

What's also interesting is that the 1925 version once contained 17 minutes of technicolor. I've seen the musical and the 2004 movie and while each version is different they all share a haunting poignancy. Thanks for stopping by!

Regina Duke said... Best Blogger Tips

Now I want to watch silent movies! Very nice post. I loved the original Phantom of the Opera, which I saw after the remake in the 70s (???). Lon Chaney is one of the scariest men I've ever seen on the screen. Even in a silent film, that man can frighten you half to death.