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Documentaries, mini-series and TV-movies based on The Phantom of the Opera


Since the first serial of The Phantom of the Opera was published in 1909 by Gaston Leroux – the idea of a musical genius, hiding his deformity, and who falls in love with a beautiful soprano – many people’s imaginations have been awakened.

Herewith the NerdiPop list of documentaries, mini-series and TV-movies based on The Phantom of the Opera.

Documentaries / Miniseries / TV-Based On The Phantom Of The Opera:


El Fantasma de la Ópera (1954): Argentine miniseries featuring Raissa Bignardi.argentina

El Fantasma de la Ópera (1960): Argentine miniseries featuring Narciso Ibáñez Menta. Widely remembered; part of a series “Masterworks of Terror”.

Narciso Ibáñez Menta
Narciso Ibáñez Menta


Mini series: The Phantom of the Opera (1990) {with Charles Dance}

Phantom_of_the_Opera,_1990_DVD_cover CharlesdanceIn this version The Phantom of the Opera (Charles Dance) is a disfigured musician named Erik who lives below the Opéra Garnier in Paris. He has a large part in managing each performance through his friend Gerard Carriere (Burt Lancaster). The Phantom’s life changes when Carriere is dismissed and the opera hires a new manager, Choleti. Choleti’s wife Carlotta is a spoiled woman with a bad personality and terrible voice to match. Christine Daae (Teri Polo) comes to the Paris Opera House in search of voice lessons that Phillipe, the Comte de Chagny promised her, learning that she is not the first pretty face that Phillipe brought there. Carlotta initially dismisses her, but upon learning that Christine “has a patron who is powerful” states that Christine can work in the costume department in Buquet’s place. Christine has no home or money, but Jean-Claude, the doorman, lets her stay in a storage room in the Opera House. That night, Christine wanders onto the stage and sings to the empty theater. The Phantom is immediately spellbound by her voice. When she asks of his opinion on the Comte de Chagny, he replies: “He is unworthy of you. He comes to the Opera for the wrong reasons … he comes for the beauty of faces rather than the beauty of music.”

In the TV movie, here is the moment when Erik realizes that Christine loves him! 


TV Movies / Shows:

The Phantom of What Opera? (1971), an episode from Rod Serling’s Night GallerynightThe Phantom of Hollywood (1974): TV Movie featuring Jack Cassidy as an old-time movie star who had been disfigured by an accident and now haunted the backlot of a condemned Hollywood studio.hollywood

The Phantom of the Opera (de) (1983): TV Movie featuring Maximilian Schell, Michael York, and Jane Seymour.Phantomde


The secret of the Phantom of the Opera – David Copperfield (1991)

davidcopperfieldI am a huge fan of David Copperfield, and in 1991 we had the opportunity to see David Copperfield visit the Paris Opera house with the educational, semi-documentary The Secret of the Phantom of the Opera. What I really loved was that parts of the book, The Complete Phantom of the Opera, was referenced and I could see firsthand the catacombs, dressing rooms, theatre and all the Phantom of the Opera elements that I’ve up to this point, have only been reading about. PoO - David CopperfieldThe coolest part of the documentary was that David Copperfield recited Gaston le Roux’s book at the end of the documentary: “Poor, unhappy Erik! Shall we pity him? Shall we curse him? He asked only to be ‘someone,’ like everybody else. But he was too ugly! And he had to hide his genius or use it to play tricks with, when, with an ordinary face, he would have been one of the most distinguished of mankind! He had a heart that could have held the entire empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar. Ah, yes, we must need pity the Opera ghost…

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