• Publication date: September 23, 2009

The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is set in a Paris opera house that ...

The Phantom of the Opera is set in a Paris opera house that is haunted by a mysterious figure some consider a ghost; but it turns out there is no ghost and the phantom is just a troublesome man. The Phantom’s true name is Erik, a tormented gentleman with a disfigured face who fears revealing himself to the public. At a young age he was destined to join a freak show and travel around the world, however the opera house’s choreographer, Madame Giry perceived a kind of genius in the boy, and hid him from the circus owners in the theater’s basement. Erik grew into adulthood underneath the theater, separate from society, living in the city’s subterranean rivers where he eats, sleeps, and fantasizes about his love: Christine Daae, a woman whose voice delights him. From behind a dressing room wall the Phantom becomes a vocal coach for Ms. Daae, hoping to mold her into a leading lady, replacing the house’s regular diva, Carlotta. The Phantom is so determined to see Christine take center stage that he sabotages Carlotta’s voice and hangs a member of the stage crew. When the audience first hears the young soprano’s voice she becomes a house favorite, surpassing her former colleague in local fame. Despite the Phantom’s facial disfigurement, she finds something wholesome about him – partly in pity, and partly out of genuine love. She becomes torn between Erik and her boyfriend, Raoul. What ensues is a battle for one woman’s love that leaves many casualties along the way. Can a lonely, unsightly man turn his obsession into true love? “The Phantom of the Opera” is a modern interpretation of French author Gaston Leroux’s horror-romance entitled, “Le Fantôme de l'Opéra.” Critics have raved that the 2004 release has far surpassed previous attempts in technical proficiency and overall cinematography, utilizing CGI graphics to create imagery present in the original novel that was virtually impossible to duplicate in past film editions, both due to technological and financial limitations. “The Phantom of the Opera” grossed more than $154 million worldwide. This movie is rated PG-13 due to brief violence.