The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★

Film #4 of Os Quatro Dedos da Morte (e Um Polegar da Morte Também)

"Feast your eyes! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!"

I saw this once before, around twentysome years ago, so there's a lot that I didn't remember about it. The color sequence, in particular, seemed completely new to me, and maybe it was considering how many versions of this film exist. I also didn't remember it being 106 minutes long, which really is too long. The film drags a bit when Lon Chaney's not on screen. His makeup in this is spectacular and really the main selling point for me. Without him, I'd have probably never bothered watching it in the first place.

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