The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
Film Screening with Live Organ Accompaniment
Thursday 30 November 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Darius Battiwalla organ
Following our sell-out screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 2016, we’ve selected another silent classic and given French Connections a celluloid dimension.
Based on Gaston Leroux’s novel, this 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera remains one of the definitive masterpieces of silent horror. The story becomes a Gothic nightmare with many of the scenes focusing on the creepy, cobweb-ridden corridors of the opera house. Shocking for its time, it also features one of the most memorable scare scenes of the silent era – the sudden unmasking of Erik, the Phantom of the piece (played by Lon Chaney in the performance of his career…)
In essence a beauty and the beast fable, the film revolves around the heavily disfigured composer Erik, who haunts the tunnels and the backstage of the Paris Opera. He soon falls in love with the young chorus girl Christine and forces her to sing his composition after he has captured her and taken her to his domain. He informs the Opera owners of the consequences they will face if Christine does not perform his masterpiece. However, the trouble really starts when Christine leaves Erik and meets her true love Raoul. It is at this point that Erik’s dark side takes over and he imprisons Christine in the eerie bridal suite in his cellar. And then the fun really begins…
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Thursday 30 November 6.30pm
A new quasi-chamber-opera loosely based around the lives of Romy Schneider and Marlene Dietrich
Free admission, no ticket required