The Phantom of the Opera (PG*)

1962

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The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

A British take on the French classic. 

Set not at the Paris Opéra but in London, this distinctively British take on Gaston Leroux’s original was made in the heyday of Hammer Horror by its most stylish and successful director, Terence Fisher. It devoured one of the studio’s biggest-ever budgets. Herbert Lom is an authentically misanthropic Phantom, and the music—including a brand-new opera, Saint Joan—is by Edwin Astley, who composed for such diverse 60s screen classics as Civilisation and The Saint.

UK 1962 Dir Terence Fisher 90 min

* = locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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