90th Anniversary | Repertory Screening on 16mm
I can confidently say this is a screening of Lon Chaney’s immortal THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA unlike any other you could have experienced. Courtesy of Chaney’s grandson, Ron Chaney, we will be screening the original 1925 release on 16mm and with a live score accompaniment, however, this score is legitimately mind blowing…
Upon its release, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and other films of its era, were screened with a live organist filling the void left by the absence of sound. In most instances, these organists would simply play their own compositions to heighten dramatic tension and emphasize the mood of the correlating visual. For the release of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 1925, a complete score was written specifically for performing in theaters. Three years later, sound was introduced and the film was re released in 1930 at a shorter length and with a new synchronized score.
The original score for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been in the possession of the Chaney family since its release and it is this score that will accompany the screening: This is one of only a tight handful of times the original score has been performed with the original film in 90 years.
A film of such mythic stature with a musical component so fundamentally important the fabric of our collective history… These events never happen but we sit in absolute awe when they do.
Special Thanks to Chaney Entertainment
Guests: Ron Chaney In Person
Director: Rupert Julian
Runtime: 101 minutes
“Lon Chaney’s performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror.’” Chicago Reader