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The Phantom of the Opera (1998)

Il fantasma dell'opera (original title)
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Gory remake of the Gaston Leroux classic story, only this time, the phantom is not disfigured, but a man who was raised by rats deep under the Paris Opera House.

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Dario Argento

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Gérard Brach | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sands ... The Phantom
Asia Argento ... Christine Daaé
Andrea Di Stefano ... Baron Raoul De Chagny
Nadia Rinaldi ... Carlotta Altieri
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni ... Honorine
István Bubik István Bubik ... Ignace, the rat-catcher
Lucia Guzzardi Lucia Guzzardi ... Madame Giry
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Pourdieu
Zoltan Barabas Zoltan Barabas ... Poligny
Gianni Franco ... Montluc
David D'Ingeo David D'Ingeo ... Alfred
Kitty Kéri Kitty Kéri ... Paulette
John Pedeferri John Pedeferri ... Dr. Princard
Leonardo Treviglio Leonardo Treviglio ... Jerome De Chagny
Massimo Sarchielli ... Joseph Buquet
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Storyline

Standard story of the Phantom does have one major variation - The phantom is not a disfigured individual, but rather is an unwashed orphan abandoned in the sewers under the Paris Opera & raised by rats. The Phantom invokes death upon anyone who dares harm his beloved rats. In fact, The Phantom's nemesis is the chief exterminator who develops a rat-catching machine. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Medusa Film, Cine 2000 See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Rumour has it that Dario Argento's original cut of the film ran almost an hour longer and that the version which was finally released, has been heavily re-cut and changed by the producers to assure the film's appeal to wider audiences. See more »

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The Phantom: I call it my dreamery.
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Bizarre Version of a Classic
30 August 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1877, in Paris, rats save a baby from death and raise him in the underground of the Opera de Paris. This child becomes The Phantom of the Opera (Julian Sands), a half-human half-animal breed, who falls in love for Christine Daaé (Asia Argento), an opera singer initiating her career. He disputes her love with the aristocratic Baron Raoul De Chagny (Andrea Di Stefano), sharing Christine that equally loves them both.

This Dario Argento's bizarre version of Gaston Leroux's classic novel really does not work, and probably it is the worst movie of his filmography. I believe he tried to create a gore and Gothic atmosphere, but the screenplay is awful. The nasty origin of The Phantom is quite ridiculous, with the weird Julian Sands being created by rats, but playing organ very well and not wearing mask, as in the other versions. Asia Argento is simply horrible in her character of Christine, with a terrible dubbing of the operas. Her mouth is not synchronized with the voice of the singer, and she does not show any vibration of feelings in her role. Most of the lines in this story are very ridiculous, and the way Christine falls in love for The Phantom is amazingly pathetic and silly. The Phantom comes to her, introduces himself with an absurd sentence, and she immediately has a crush on him. The actor that performs the leading gentleman Raoul is not handsome, and really does not help our heroine to decide her sentimental fate. Last but not the least, how could a stupid man like Ignace, the rat-catcher, invent and build a sophisticated device like the one he uses to eliminate the rats in the underworld of the Opera? My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Um Vulto na Escuridão" ("A Shadow in the Darkness")


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