The Phantom of the Opera

Synopsis: The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher, a loose adaptation of the 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The film was made by Hammer Film Productions.
Genre: Drama, Horror
Year:
1962
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The film opens on a darkened, empty auditorium. There is the distant sound of a pipe organ being played. Fade to a chamber in the sewers below where the music is coming from. A figure, PROFESSOR PETRIE, is playing a large pipe organ. Nearby a DWARF sits on a table listening. Closeup on PETRIE's hands at the keyboard, and then the camera pulls up to show his masked face and single glaring eye. There is a staggered zoom on PETRIE's eye as the opening credits are shown. Fade to black. Fade in to the outside of the opera house where a crowd is gathered. We see a poster that reads: "Albany Theatre, Monday 27th November 1900, First performance of a new opera, Saint Joan: The Tragedy of Joan of Arc by Lord Ambrose D'Arcy". Cut to the foyer of the opera house, where D'ARCY himself is seen. The manager of the opera, LATTIMER, meets him at the foot of the stairs.

LATTIMER:

The house is sold out, my lord.

D'ARCY

No further incidents, I trust?

LATTIMER:

No, nothing. Everything seems quite normal.

There is a sudden cut to a woman's wide-open mouth as she sings a high note. The lead soprano, MARIA, is vocalizing in her dressing room. Her maid, TERESA, enters and hands her a bouquet of flowers.

TERESA:

From his Lordship, Madam.

MARIA:

Is this all?

TERESA:

Yes, Madam.

MARIA:

Last time there were diamonds. Put them with the others, Teresa.

MARIA continues to vocalize. Cut to backstage, where a chandelier is being lifted to the top of the stage. A hand of someone perched high above ominously appears onscreen. The orchestra members are tuning their instruments. As one MAN lifts the cover off a drum, he is shocked to find it has been smashed. Back in MARIA's dressing room, she is putting on her dress. The door can be heard opening.

MARIA:

Teresa, is that you? Teresa, come and help me button my dress.

MARIA receives no response. The unseen figure proceeds through the room. A man's hand turns down the light in the gas lamp. MARIA whirls around, surprised. Cut to an orchestra member's cymbal clanging. Outside, the poster has been ripped. A young man, HARRY HUNTER, approaches and glances at the ruined poster. He proceeds to enter the opera house, and finds a group of concerned cast members outside MARIA's dressing room door.

HARRY:

What is it now?

BILL:

It's Maria. She said she's seen something.

HARRY knocks on the door.

MARIA:

Leave me alone. Go away!

HARRY:

Maria?

MARIA:

Harry!

(she opens the door and leaves him in)

Harry. It was here, in the room. It was terrible.

HARRY:

Now, Maria...

MARIA:

"Now, Maria," nothing. I saw him, I tell you. Standing... standing just over here. Just here. Black. All over, black. And his eye, staring at me.

HARRY:

His eye?

MARIA:

Eye. One eye in the middle of his forehead. And his face, Harry. It was horrible.

HARRY:

Maria, I'm sure you saw something. Exactly what it was...

MARIA:

It was him!

HARRY:

After the show, we'll try and find out.

MARIA:

Harry, I... I can't go on tonight.

HARRY:

Of course you can. You're an artist. You're not going to let a little thing like a ghost upset you.

MARIA:

So, you do believe me?

HARRY:

Of course, I believe you. After the show, I promise we'll find out all about it. Now you lie down and have a little rest.

MARIA:

Oh, Harry, you're so good for me.

STAGEHAND:

(knocking on the door)

Five minutes, please.

HARRY:

Put your feet up for a minute or two, and I'll come and see you before you go on.

MARIA:

Oh, Harry.

HARRY:

I'll send Teresa. Now, shut your eyes and rest.

(he opens the door and leaves TERESA in)

Teresa, stay with her, won't you?

(he exits the room)

BILL:

Is she all right?

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Anthony Hinds

Anthony Frank Hinds, also known as Tony Hinds and John Elder (19 September 1922 – 30 September 2013), was an English screenwriter and producer. more…

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