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Best of Philly 2008

Phoenixville Arts & Culture

Art & Independent Films
7 nights a week
Sundays at 2:00pm
Young Audiences
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Fright Night
First Fridays at 9:45pm
Baby Nights
Mondays at 6:30pm
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Film Discussions
Wednesdays at 9:30pm

Phantom of the Opera

Directed by Arthur Lubin. US. 1943. NR. 92 min. Universal. 35mm.

  • Sunday
  • Sun, Apr 14
  • 2:00 pm

As everyone knows, no-one could match the immortal Lon Chaneys horrifying portrayal of the mysterious Phantom in the silent version of this Gaston Leroux story. So, instead of trying to top it for mystery, Universal Studios concentrated on adding colorful spectacle, an engaging back-story and beautiful music, and provided Claude Rains with one of his most fascinating roles. Rains plays up the pathos, and the menace, of the love- lorn but sadly disfigured Phantom, and creates another tour de force of understated terror. Using many of the magnificent original sets created for the silent version (including, and especially, the Paris Opera House), but adding stunning Technicolor photography, beautiful costumes and a sumptuous musical score, it is no wonder that this film won Academy Awards for its Cinematography and Art Direction (and nominations for its Score and Sound Design). Join us and see this classic in all its visual glory, as it was meant to be seen, on the Colonials really big screen. (Bill Roth)