“The Phantom of the Opera”
“The Phantom of the Opera” is a 1925 American silent horror film adapation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title directed by Rupert Julian. The film features Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star. It is most famous for Lon Chaney’s intentionally horrific, self-applied make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the films premiere.
Commentary by Christopher DiGrazia.