The Phantom of the Opera
With live music by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
Dir. Rupert Julian. 1925, 93 mins. 35mm. With Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry. Lon Chaney, “Man of a Thousand Faces,” inhabits one of his greatest and scariest creations in this iconic silent classic. Adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux, the film follows an insanely jealous and horribly disfigured composer who haunts an opera house, obsessing over the beauty and talent of an up-and-coming young singer. Few scenes have proved more shocking to audiences than the reveal of what’s under Chaney’s mask, and few monsters have evoked more pity and terror.