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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Reutlingen, Germany


Stadthalle Reutlingen, 8 p.m.

Performed by the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen under the baton of Andreas Fellner. 

The earliest filming of the novel by Gaston Leroux dating to 1910 is also that which is most faithful to the book. Lon Chaney – THE MAN WITH A THOUSAND FACES – was so perfect for the role of the phantom that the director Rupert Julian announced while reading the screenplay: “Lon Chaney – or we can´t do it.“ Universal thus engaged Chaney, although his anger at the autocratic behaviour of the director led to regular skirmishes on set. Filming dragged on for over ten weeks. Yet, despite difficulties, the film was a huge success. Particularly those scenes in which the phantom is seen unmasked left the audience to shudder. A 1995 restoration of the film includes the famous sequence in Technicolor with original colorization and effects.

Film music by Carl Davis alludes strongly to Charles Gounod´s FAUST on the one hand, a Parisian opera production that reveals the background to the plot. On the other hand, it reflects the character of the phantom with great expressivity– in the words of the composer: “Horror, pure Horror“.