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About Phantom of The Opera
As a love story in a creepy setting, Phantom of the Opera is a quintessential and classic Gothic romance tale. The original publication of Gaston Leroux's novel at the end of 1909 led to numerous film adaptations over the years. The first was Universal's silent edition in 1925. A faithful retelling of the book's tale, the original film version added sound effects, music, and some dialogue in 1929. Fans of classic horror movies will appreciate the moment when protagonist Christine removes the Phantom's mask to reveal his horribly disfigured face for the first time. The 1943 adaptation is another classic, though different from the original film in its emphasis on drama rather than horror. The grand crashing of the Paris Opera's chandelier remains from the original film, but the disfiguration of the Phantom's face is the result of an acid attack rather than a birth defect in this version. The 1989 Phantom of the Opera version was produced at a time when blood-spattered horror films ruled the box office. Taking place at the London Opera instead of the Paris Opera, the Faustian element of the original story is a key aspect of this film, and there is a level of gore not seen in previous Phantom of the Opera screen adaptations. The most recent Phantom of the Opera film is Joel Schumacher's 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's 1986 musical, which is based on the original novel. Schumacher's film retains most of the novel's details, but it's a more theatrical presentation than previous films. This version also came with stunning visuals and beautiful music Fans of Phantom of the Opera can watch all of the film versions or enjoy the music from the latest adaption, which is available on CDs.