A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
Directors:Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney
Stars:Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
Lon Chaney is famous for his ingenious self devised makeup that holds up even today. Moviegoers in 1925 reported fainted upon seeing the disfigurement makeup during the famous unmasking scene. The movie has quite an extensive history, so I will make it brief. There is the original black and white print that is not in very good condition. It was believed to be lost at one point. There is a 2nd cut, the missing talking cut. Only one reel survives to this day. Finally, we come to this cut; the 1929 cut. It features mood tinted frames and a full technicolor masquerade sequence that is honestly quite impressive. With the movie being in the public domain, there are dozens of different scores for it, this is the famous Carl Davis score.
If you are looking for a fun film with romance, adventure and thrills in it, if you have an appreciation for classic film making, or just want a film you can watch with the kids, this one has a lot to offer.★★★