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The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 Film)
Silent English intertitles BOX OFFICE $2 million Play media 1925 The Phantom of the Opera (full film) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux
Gaston Leroux
's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l\'Opéra , directed by Rupert Julian
Rupert Julian
and starring Lon Chaney, Sr.
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. The picture also features Mary Philbin
Mary Philbin
, Norman Kerry
Norman Kerry
, Arthur Edmund Carewe , Gibson Gowland , John St
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Joseph Buquet
JOSEPH BUQUET is a fictional character in The Phantom of the Opera , the 1909 novel by French writer Gaston Leroux . He appears in many film and stage adaptations of the story. He is the chief stagehand for the theatre who claims to have seen the Opera Ghost . In the novel he is the one to first describe Erik, saying, "He is extraordinarily thin and his dress-coat hangs on a skeleton frame. His eyes are so deep that you can hardly see the fixed pupils. You just see two big black holes, as in a dead man's skull. His skin, which is stretched across his bones like a drumhead, is not white, but a nasty yellow. His nose is so little worth talking about that you can't see it side-face; and the absence of that nose is a horrible thing to look at
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Virginia Pearson
VIRGINIA BELLE PEARSON (March 7, 1886 – June 6, 1958) was an American stage and film actress. She made fifty-one films in a career which extended from 1910 until 1932. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Death * 3 Selected filmography * 4 References * 5 External links CAREERShe was born in Anchorage, Kentucky to parents Joseph F. Pearson and Mary Alice Calloway. She had one younger brother, Harvey Thompson Pearson. Virginia was also the granddaughter of Precious Martha Grable Pearson (actress Betty Grable's great aunt). Virginia worked for a brief time as an assistant in the public library in Louisville, Kentucky after completing school. She was famous in her hometown Louisville playhouse performances. Pearson trained in the tradition of the stars of the American stage, and played in stock productions in Washington, D.C. and New York City
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Lon Chaney, Sr.
LEONIDAS FRANK "LON" CHANEY (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930) was an American stage and film actor , make-up artist, director and screenwriter. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. Chaney was known for his starring roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). His ability to transform himself using makeup techniques he developed earned him the nickname "THE MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES"
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Erik (The Phantom Of The Opera)
ERIK (also known as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, commonly referred to as THE PHANTOM) is the title character from Gaston Leroux 's novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1910), best known to English speakers as The Phantom of the Opera . He is also the protagonist and antagonist of many film adaptations of the novel, including the 1925 film adaptation starring Lon Chaney , the 1943 remake starring Claude Rains and Andrew Lloyd Webber 's musical . CONTENTS* 1 Character history * 1.1 Phantom * 1.2 Yeston and Kopit * 1.3 The Canary Trainer * 1.4 The Angel of the Opera * 2 Erik\'s deformity * 3 Performers * 3.1 Film * 3.2 Television * 3.3 Theatre * 3.3.1 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical * 4 Popular culture * 5 References CHARACTER HISTORYIn the original novel, few details are given regarding Erik's past, although there is no shortage of hints and implications throughout the book
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The Masque Of The Red Death
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH", originally published as "THE MASK OF THE RED DEATH: A FANTASY" (1842), is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe . The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague , known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey . He, along with many other wealthy nobles , hosts a masquerade ball within seven rooms of the abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero dies after confronting this stranger, whose "costume" proves to contain nothing tangible inside it; the guests also die in turn. Poe's story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading
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Prima Donna
In opera or commedia dell\'arte , a PRIMA DONNA ( ; plural: prime donne; Italian for "first lady") is the leading female singer in the company, the person to whom the prime roles would be given. The prima donna was normally, but not necessarily, a soprano . The corresponding term for the male lead (almost always a tenor ) is PRIMO UOMO. Prime donne often had grand off-stage personalities and were seen as demanding of their colleagues. From its original usage in opera, the term has spread in contemporary usage to refer to anyone behaving in a demanding or temperamental fashion or having an inflated view of oneself and a narcissistic attitude
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Christine Daaé
CHRISTINE DAAé is a fictional character and the female protagonist of Gaston Leroux
Gaston Leroux
's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and of the various adaptations of the work. Erik, the Phantom of the Opera falls in love with her. CONTENTS* 1 Character history * 1.1 Lifetime * 2 Andrew Lloyd Webber\'s musical The Phantom of the Opera * 2.1 2004 Film * 2.2 Father\'s name * 3 Films * 3.1 Popular movies * 3.2 Free Adaptations * 4 Basis * 5 Actresses * 6 References * 7 External links CHARACTER HISTORYLIFETIME Christine Daaé
Christine Daaé
was born in a town near Uppsala
Uppsala
, Sweden. Her mother died when she was six. Raised by her father, they constantly traveled to fairs where he played the violin and she sang
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Carla Laemmle
REBEKAH ISABELLE LAEMMLE (October 20, 1909 – June 12, 2014), professionally known by screen name CARLA LAEMMLE, was an American actress of German Jewish descent, and the niece of Universal Pictures studio founder Carl Laemmle
Carl Laemmle
. She was a movie actress in the 1920s and 1930s, and one of the longest surviving actors of the silent film era . Her career in motion pictures was also one of the longest on record, spanning 1925 to 2014. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Death * 3 Filmography * 4 References * 5 External links CAREERLaemmle entered films in 1925, as "Carla Laemmle", in an uncredited role as a ballet dancer in the original silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and later had a small role in the early talkie version of Dracula (1931)
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Charles Gounod
CHARLES-FRANçOIS GOUNOD (French: ; 17 June 1818 – 17 or 18 October 1893) was a French composer , best known for his Ave Maria , based on a work by Bach , as well as his opera Faust . Another opera by Gounod occasionally still performed is Roméo et Juliette
Roméo et Juliette
. Although he is known for his Grand Operas, the soprano aria "Que ferons-nous avec le ragoût de citrouille?" from his first opera "Livre de recettes d'un enfant" (Op. 24) is still performed in concert as an encore, similarly to his "Jewel Song" from Faust. Gounod died at Saint-Cloud
Saint-Cloud
in 1893, after a final revision of his twelve operas. His funeral took place ten days later at the Church of the Madeleine , with Camille Saint-Saëns
Camille Saint-Saëns
playing the organ and Gabriel Fauré
Gabriel Fauré
conducting
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Faust (opera)
FAUST is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
's Faust, Part One . It debuted at the Théâtre Lyrique on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris on 19 March 1859 , with influential sets designed by Charles-Antoine Cambon and Joseph Thierry, Jean Émile Daran, Édouard Desplechin
Édouard Desplechin
, and Philippe Chaperon
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Viscount Raoul De Chagny
RAOUL, VICOMTE DE CHAGNY is a fictional character and one of the protagonists of Gaston Leroux 's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Other versions * 2.1 Film * 2.2 Theater * 3 References BIOGRAPHYRaoul is a viscount and Christine Daaé 's childhood friend. They first met when he was a young child when he went on vacation in Northern France. He meets up with her again after watching her performance at the former managers' retirement ceremony at the Palais Garnier . He reminds her that he is "the little boy who went into the sea to rescue your scarf," which provokes her laughter. At first, Christine refuses to recognize Raoul, in fear that the "Angel of Music" would return to heaven. However, they become engaged later. Unknown to them, Erik , the "Angel of Music" of which Christine speaks (actually a musical genius who lives beneath the Opera), had been spying on them
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Edgar Allan Poe
EDGAR ALLAN POE (/poʊ/ ; born EDGAR POE; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic . Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre . He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction . He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe was born in Boston , the second child of two actors
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Devil's Island
Coordinates : 5°17′37″N 52°34′59″W / 5.293611°N 52.583056°W / 5.293611; -52.583056 Bagne de Cayenne (Devil's Island) The Dreyfus Tower on the Pointe des Roches, Kourou
Kourou
LOCATION French Guiana
French Guiana
STATUS CLOSED (tourist attraction) SECURITY CLASS Maximum OPENED 1852 CLOSED 1953THE PENAL COLONY OF CAYENNE (French : Bagne de Cayenne), commonly known as DEVIL\'S ISLAND (Île du Diable), was a famous prison of the 19th and 20th century. It operated at several locations in French Guiana . Opened in 1852, it was notorious for being used for internal exile of French political prisoners during that period, the most famous of whom was Captain Alfred Dreyfus
Alfred Dreyfus
. It is also known for its harsh treatment of criminals, who were deported there from all parts of the French empire. The system was closed down in 1953
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Vola Vale
VOLA VALE (February 12, 1897 – October 17, 1970) was a silent motion picture actress from Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
. CONTENTS * 1 Early career * 2 Serious Actress * 3 Model * 4 Private life * 5 Partial filmography * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY CAREERShe was born VOLA SMITH in Buffalo, New York. Vale was educated in Chevy Chase, Maryland . She began her career in amateur theatricals in Rochester, New York
Rochester, New York
. Then she played in stock companies for a while. Her first movie experience was with Biograph , under the tutelage of the great film director D.W. Griffith . After a month of playing atmosphere parts, Vola was offered a genuine role. She wore a velvet gown with a train and a feathered hat. Soon she was appearing in short reel films for Biograph. Among the actors she was cast with were William S
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Ward Crane
WARD CRANE (May 18, 1890 – July 21, 1928) was an American silent film actor popular in comedies and dramas. Out of dozens of films, he is remembered as the handsome heavy to Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
's hero in Sherlock, Jr. (1924). Crane died at age 38 in Saranac Lake from pneumonia . SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY * The Dark Star (1919) * The Scoffer (1920) * In the Heart of a Fool (1920) * The Frisky Mrs. Johnson (1920) * Something Different (1920) * Heedless Moths
Heedless Moths
(1921) * French Heels (1922) * No Trespassing (1922) * Broadway Rose (1922) * The Famous Mrs
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