There are many great movie renditions based on The Phantom of the Opera.
Herewith the NerdiPop Phantom of the Opera Movie list:
Phantom Of The Opera (1916) (Sadly a lost film, but is referenced in other media)
(Das Gespenst im Opernhaus or Das Phantom der Oper (1916): Featuring the Swedish actor Nils Olaf Chrisander (1884–1947) and the Norwegian actress Aud Egede-Nissen (1893–1974, aka Aud Egede Richter). Now a lost film and is only believed to have existed because of references in other media).
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925): Featuring Lon Chaney, Sr. and Mary Philbin. For this classic silent film Universal Studios created a faithful replica of the Paris Opera House as a setting. The film was reissued in 1929 with sound effects, music and some reshot dialogue sequences (but none with Chaney). The scene in which Erik plays the organ and Christine creeps up behind him to snatch his mask off is often cited by critics and connoisseurs of film art as one of the most memorable moments in the history of film.
The makeup of Lon Chaney was so surprisingly disfiguring that the Camera operator actually lost focus while shooting the sequence. Indeed, theatres were urged to have smelling salts on hand in case ladies in the audience fainted in horror.
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Phantom of the Opera (1943): Featuring Claude Rains as the Phantom and the singer Susanna Foster as Christine. This film reused the same Paris Opera studio set as the original silent film and once again features the spectacular scene in which the Phantom causes the chandelier to crash down on the heads of the audience. In this version, however, horror is mostly downplayed in favour of grand operatic spectacle. The Phantom’s animus was caused by the credit for his musical compositions being stolen by the opera’s conductor. The Phantom’s facial disfigurement is caused by him having acid thrown in his face rather than him being born disfigured as in Leroux’s original story. This accidental disfigurement became part of the Phantom legend, and was copied in later film versions.
The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
The Mid-Nightmare, Part One (1962) and Part Two (1963) (Chinese: 夜半歌声-上集 Ye ban ge sheng – shang ji and 下集 xia ji)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
The Phantom of Hollywood (1974 TV film)
The Phantom of the Opera (1983) (1983 TV film): Featuring Maximilian Schell and Jane Seymour.
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
This is a rather sadistic and gory version of the story, though in this respect it resembles the original novel more than some more romantic versions. There is a Faustian motif throughout and the film features extracts from Gounod’s opera Faust – as in the original novel. In this version, the Phantom was a handsome young man who sold his soul to the Devil in return for being loved for his music – his disfigurement is the Devil’s way of making sure he is loved for no other reason. An additional innovation is that, instead of putting on masks, the Phanton stitches his disguises with thread and needle into his skin.
The Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge (1989)
The Phantom of the Opera (TV Movie with Charles Dance 1990)
The Phantom Of the Opera (1991 mini-series) (O Fantasma da Ópera)
Il Fantasma dell’Opera (1998):
Directed by Dario Argento, featuring Julian Sands and Asia Argento, in which Julian Sands is a good-looking man whose animus comes from being abandoned as a baby and raised by the numberless rats in the subterranean levels of the opera house; he also, somehow, has developed telephathic abilities.
He kills off various people who, in his opinion, spoil the wonderfulness of the opera house.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
This version of the Phantom of the Opera keeps quite closely with the Broadway Production. The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. In short – a young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.
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The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)
I’ve had the privilege to see the Phantom of the Opera twice on stage with the cast approved by Andrew Lloyd Webber himself. What an amazing experience. I can honestly say that if you desperately want to see the production, watch this movie – it is almost as good as the live production. The story follows a disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, which terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves. Gorgeous music – a definite MUST watch.
Featuring Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendour of London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances.
The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies (2012)
I know that a lot of the hard-core fans of Phantom of the Opera didn’t like the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, but here I need to commend Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music is breathtaking, very emotional and tells a sad and heartbreaking story. The story tells of Eric, using a false name, having relocated to a vivacious amusement resort in Coney Island inviting renowned soprano Christine Daaé to perform. She, her husband Raoul and child, Gustave, have no idea what lies in store. Love Never Dies is full of beautiful songs including: “Till I Hear You Sing”, “Beneath A Moonless Sky” and the well-known “Love Never Dies”. If you are a Phantom-fan, I would definitely recommend that you watch this.