The Phantom Of The Opera

  • 1990
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Playwright Arthur Kopit's reworking of his own 1982 stage version of Gaston Leroux's popular novel downplays the story's horrific elements in favor of a more psychologically oriented approach. It was directed for television by Tony Richardson and originally broadcast in two parts. Shot at the historic Paris Opera theater, it tells the familiar story of innocent...read more

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Playwright Arthur Kopit's reworking of his own 1982 stage version of Gaston Leroux's popular novel downplays the story's horrific elements in favor of a more psychologically oriented approach. It was directed for television by Tony Richardson and originally broadcast in two parts. Shot at the historic Paris Opera theater, it tells the familiar story of innocent costumer Christine Daae (Teri Polo), who's come to Paris to study voice with Gerard Carriere (Burt Lancaster), longtime manager of the Paris Opera. Carriere has just been fired by M. Cholet (Ian Richardson), the Opera's new owner, who installs his untalented wife, Carlotta (Andrea Ferreol, singing voice of mezzo soprano Helia T'Hezan), as the theater's resident star. The practical and unimaginative Cholet pooh-poohs the legend of the Opera Ghost who haunts the theater, but the "ghost" is all too real. A disfigured composer named Erik (Charles Dance) who haunts the catacombs below the theater, the Phantom has been protected all his life by Carriere, who invented the legend of the Opera Ghost to keep nosy types from finding Erik's lair. Erik is enchanted by Christine's voice (French soprano Michele Lagrange) and offers to give her private singing lessons, carefully concealing his identity when she accepts. Meanwhile, Carlotta is the victim of an escalating series of accidents that Erik hopes will drive her away so his protege can take her rightful place in the limelight. English actor Dance is an excellent Phantom (his singing voice belongs to tenor Gerard Garino), a suffering monster destroyed by his own desperate longing for beauty and romance, and receives excellent support from Richardson and Lancaster.

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  • Released: 1990
  • Rating: NR
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