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.
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