The Phantom of the Opera (PG*)

1943

Phantom of the Opera

In the first Technicolour Phantom of the Opera, a disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House.

Famously filmed on the same set as its silent, black-and-white Universal Pictures predecessor, this lush treatment of the story is surely what Technicolor was invented for.

The sound, too, is glorious, featuring fully worked-out pastiche opera scenes ‘by’ Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Featuring Claude Rains as an especially tender-hearted Phantom, this dual Oscar-winning period masterpiece is not to be missed.

US 1943 Dir Arthur Lubin 92 min

* = locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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