An incompetent director feuding with the star, romantic leads who couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag, a flurry of last-minute cuts, a print slashed apart in a bizarre attempt at sound conversion… and yet The Phantom of the Opera remains one of the iconic films of the silent era. Strong source material, set design and the hard work of Lon Chaney pay off in the end. This is an inconsistent film but also strangely charming. Not to be missed.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The naughty Phantom ends up being torn apart by an angry mob, complete with torches. That’ll learn him.
If it were a dessert it would be: Canned Biscuit Monkey Bread. Some of the ingredients aren’t going to win any awards but you are guaranteed to have no leftovers.
Availability: The Phantom of Opera is in the public domain and has had numerous releases of varying quality but if you want the very best on the market now, you will want the new Kino Lorber version. Packed to the gills with goodies like alternate scores, it comes on both DVD and Blu-ray.