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The Phantom of the Opera (1925 film)

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he "loves" a star. The film remains most famous for Chaney's ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film's premiere. The film was released on November 25, 1925.

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In the original cut of the film,the Phantom dies of a broken heart, as in the book.However this was changed to a more action-filled mob sequence where he is attacked and thrown into the river.

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Mary Phibin was the leading lady of The 1925 film, playing Christine Daae

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Lon Chaney Sr. was a remarkably talented make-up artist who had previously worked in stage lighting. He used his knowledge of light and shadow to create the iconic monster of the Phantom, one of Universal Studio's most neglected classic monsters. This make-up was kept so under raps before filming, that when he first revealed it to film, everyone was terrified. In the movie theater when the film premiered, salts were kept at hand in case of women fainting, as it did happen.

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Lon Chaney Sr.

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The 1925 Phantom of the Opera starred Lon Chaney Sr. as the Phantom. Lon Chaney was a well known actor in the silent film industry. Known as the "Man of a Thousand Faces", he was a talented make-up artist, able to create a completely unrecognizable persona for each film. Raised by two deaf-mute parents, he was capable of communicating emotion uncommonly well during his silent performances.

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