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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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Early color version of the classic story, starring Claude Reins as the obsessed, tragic Phantom.

Apr 12, 2005

MCA Universal Home Video

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Fine version of classic horror/love story/tragedy...minus music, of course.

August 25, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

If you liked the stage version, you'll LOVE this version.

December 27, 2004 | Comment (1)
Greenwich Village Gazette

Esta luxuosa produção é bem-sucedida ao resgatar a grandiosidade da Ópera, mas falha justamente por permitir que seus valores técnicos transformem o Fantasma em coadjuvante.

January 22, 2004
Cinema em Cena

If the film never goes full-tilt horror until the somewhat rushed climax, it at least manages to retain a spooky tone, and boasts a few shocks and some exciting scenes. It's rarely dull.

September 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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Audience Reviews for Phantom of the Opera

although i love claude rains as an actor, his casting is the only thing in this film i slightly question, and even still, he did a great job with the role within his limitations with this character. aside from that, the film was really quite good. the music spaced out well and the script solid, the end really left me gripped. a great film.
November 15, 2010
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danny d

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I liked Claude Rains, but I didn't care too much for the movie. I'm sure there's a better film of the Phantom of the Opera.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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Universal's color production of Phantom of the Opera is a wonderful spectacle to behold. Rains makes for a brilliant pre-Phantom, but only his shadow is present for the remainder. His slip into madness is also quite sudden. It would have been nice for the main plot to take place 10 years after the scarring. It's typical Hollywood cinema of the 40's, catering to the widest market. It helps that each of Christine's suiters is given enough time to develop, and none of them are unlikable. We even get a hilariously misjudged comedic scene where two men keep saying the exact same thing AND get stuck in a doorway. The musical productions are also very detailed, with the sets being impressive in both scale and design.
January 23, 2010
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

For its time it is quite impressive, but it suffers from a weak plot that doesn't exactly translate from its play form. The suspense is dull until about the last 30 minutes, which is by far the best part of the film. Claude Rains played a really great kooky Phantom, he made the movie worthwhile. The visuals are good, but it's not spectacular.
December 9, 2009
ythelastman89

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    1. Enrique Claudin: See? Didn't I tell you it was beautiful? You didn't know we had a lake all to ourselves, did you? They've poisoned your mind against me. That's why you're afraid. Look at your lake, Christine. You'll love it here when you get used to the dark. And you'll love the dark, too. It's friendly and peaceful. It brings rest and relief from pain. It's right under the Opera. The music comes down and the darkness distills it, cleanses it of the suffering that made it. Then it's all beauty and life here is like a resurrection.
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