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Phantom of the opera (1910) - Gaston Leroux

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Phantom of the opera - illustration (1910, detail) by André Castaigne

Phantom (ghost)

  • A phantom is an immaterial being or ghost. There are reported phantom travellers, phantom monks, phantom nuns, and phantom vehicles, some driverless. Often synonymous with ghost, the word "phantom" can also refer to a vision of a living person or an inanimate object. Visions are often spoken of as containing phantoms as the protagonists.

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • The Phantom of the Opera is a story about a mysterious figure which haunts the Opera House of Paris, writen by Gaston Leroux and adapted to a successful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom [Feb 2005]

    Phantom of the opera (1910) - Gaston Leroux

    Phantom of the opera -
    Cover of the first 1910 edition of Gaston Leroux's Phantom by the French publishing house Lafitte, Paris -very rare. --image and text sourced from http://www.phantomoftheopera.info/essay019.htm [Feb 2005]

    Phantom of the opera -
    Cover of the 1959 Brodard et Taupin reissue of Leroux's novel in the original French (498 pages). This version is currently available for purchase from [Amazon.fr]. --image and text sourced from http://www.phantomoftheopera.info/essay019.htm [Feb 2005]

    The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by Gaston Leroux, inspired by George du Maurier's Trilby. Published in 1910, and first translated into English in 1911, it has since been adapted many times into film and stage productions.

    The story is about a mysterious figure who terrorizes the Paris Opera House for the unwitting benefit of a young singer he loves. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera [Feb 2005]

    André Castaigne

    Phantom of the opera (1910) - illustration by André Castaigne

    André Castaigne was the first artist to illustrate a story about the Phantom of the Opera. His five watercolors graced the pages of Gaston Leroux's 1910 work Le Fantôme de l'Opéra when the LaFitte House in Paris published it for the first time in book form. The following year (1911), the novel appeared in both an American (Bobbs-Merrill) and a British (Mills and Boon) edition, both translated to English by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. Unfortunately, only the American edition retained the interior artwork. Castaigne's Phantom paintings were not seen again until 1987 when Michael O'Mara Books Limited (Queen Ann Street, London W1N 9FB, UK) chose to include the five color plates in a new English-language edition of Leroux's work. Finally, the most recent edition to include these plates (at the time of this article's original publication) is the 1988 Phantom reprinted by The Mysterious Press (129 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019, USA). --http://www.phantomoftheopera.info/artpg02.htm [Feb 2005]

    Phantom of the opera (1925) - Rupert Julian

    Phantom of the opera - The title character as depicted by Lon Chaney, Sr. in the 1925 film depiction, the most famous adaptation prior to the musical version. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera [Feb 2005]

    Film poster for Phantom of the opera (1925)

    The 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, Sr., and directed by Rupert Julian, is one of the more influential adaptations of Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera, in which a disfigured phantom haunts the Paris Opera House, trying to force the people who run it to make the woman he loves a star. It contained several scenes in two strip color, and is especially famous for Lon Chaney's intentionally horrific, self-applied makeup which was kept a studio secret until the film's premier. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_the_Opera_(1925_movie) [Feb 2005]

    The Phantom of the Opera (1925) - Rupert Julian [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Inspired by Jean Rollin, Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin


    Opera is an art form consisting of a dramatic stage performance set to music.

    The drama is presented using the typical elements of theater such as scenery, costumes, and acting. However, the words of the opera, or libretto, are sung rather than spoken. The singers are accompanied by a musical ensemble ranging from a small instrumental ensemble to a full symphonic orchestra.

    Opera draws from many other art forms. Whether the words or the music are paramount has been the subject of debate since the 17th century. The visual arts, such as painting, are employed to create the visual spectacle on the stage, which is considered an important part of the performance. Finally, dancing is often part of an opera performance. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera [Nov 2004]

    Il Fantasma dell'opera/Phantom of the Opera (1998) - Dario Argento

    Il Fantasma dell'opera/Phantom of the Opera (1998) - Dario Argento [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    reviewed by Matthew Rovner

    The Phantom of the Opera, opened up this weekend in Italy. I went to go see it last night at the Gambrinus Theater in Piazza Della Republica in Florence. It's a beautiful very European movie palace with one huge screen and good sound system. The extra plus about the evening was that Asia Argento and Dario Argento both made a personal appearence before the last showing which was at quarter to 11. I got some good pictures from a distance as Asia was surrounded by friends and reporters. It was a small affair although the theater was packed. Asia is quite pretty, she looks a lot better on screen, I think she has real film presence. They both introduced the film in Italian of course, unfortuneatly my Italian is not good enough to understand the natives when they speak quickly. But he told a few funny anecdotes (well, the audience was laughing) about The Bird With The Crystal Plumage. He was very funny and genial. One gets the impression that he is rather personable and appreciative of his fan patronage. Although I did not get a picture taken with him (a cheesy thing to do but I don't think I would have complained if it had happened). I did get to briefly meet him in a quick fan signing right before the start of the film. Unfortuneatly, I missed the first minute or 30 seconds, but I'm sure I'll see it again. He was very nice about signing the original poster (the back of course) of the Bird With The Crystal Plumage that I had brought along. I thanked him very much and told him which poster it was in my broken cult-icon struck Italian. Then I rushed back up to the balcony to see the film. I'm not quite sure that I want to give too much away. It is not a giallo mystery where twists and turns shouldn't be reveiled. However, I don't know how everyone here feels about knowing too much about the film before seeing it. If you don't want to know too much read no further. --http://argento.vervost.de/argento/review_phantom.html, accessed Apr 2004

    More Phantom of the Opera movies

    • The Phantom of the Opera (1925): Featuring Lon Chaney, Sr.
    • Phantom of the Opera (1943): Featuring Claude Rains
    • Phantom of the Horse Opera (1961): A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    • The Phantom of the Opera (1962): Hammer Horror version featuring Herbert Lom
    • The Phantom of the Paradise (1974): Also called The Phantom of the Fillmore; a rock musical directed by Brian De Palma
    • The Phantom of the Opera (1989): Faustian horror movie re-working featuring Robert Englund
    • Il Fantasma dell'Opera (1998): Directed by Dario Argento
    • The Phantom of the Opera (2004): Big screen version of the Lloyd Webber musical, with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum
    --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_the_Opera#Movies [Feb 2005]

    Phantom of the Paradise (1974) - Brian De Palma

  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974) - Brian De Palma [Amazon.com]

    See entry for Brian De Palma

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