The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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This was probably great in 1925. But to be honest, I think it would have done better to hold off the brilliant reveal until the end as the movie loses all its tension once we've seen the Phantom. By the end, it's just an incoherent mess.
Lon Chaney's gleeful malevolence aside, it's a bit rubbish.
This movie is quite brilliant in it's use of shadows and lighting to create the suspense and it's use of make-up and reaction to create the fear of the phantom. I saw no blood and no actual dead body yet it was creepy and suspenseful all the same. I have a great love and respect for all silent movies because they had to work extra hard to produce the results some douche with a computer can today. The ones I've seen are a ton better than the useless, boring dreck that is put out these days.
Great movie and soundtrack. Now I know where Kubrick found part of Barry Lyndon's soundtrack.
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This movie ranks #20 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #26 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #40 in Horror
This movie ranks #46 in 1920s
This movie ranks #46 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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This movie ranks #78 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
This movie ranks #83 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
This movie ranks #158 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #238 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #260 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #835 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown