Live musical accompaniment by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra


Castro Theatre Sat, Dec 7, 2019 8:00 PM
Castro Theatre Tue, Feb 4, 2020 7:00 PM
Castro Theatre Wed, Feb 5, 2020 7:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Rupert Julian
Cast:Lon Chaney
Mary Philbin
Norman Kerry
Arthur Kennedy Carewe
Total Run Time:91 min.


The oldest surviving film version of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel stars Lon Chaney—the Man of a Thousand Faces—in his most celebrated role, the disfigured, cloaked “phantom” who haunts the Paris Opera House and will do anything for his beloved Christine (Mary Philbin). Universal’s opulent set design replicates the palatial interior of the actual Paris Opera and the Phantom’s residence—the subterranean catacombs beneath the Opera—have inspired generations of horror sets. The print features the original tints and Technicolor of the 1929 theatrical version, restored by Film Preservation Associates, as well as the meticulously hand-colored sequences that reproduce the Handschiegl Color Process. Chaney’s self-designed make-up was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere in 1925. The famous unmasking scene when Christine unfastens the Phantom’s mask, revealing his grotesque disfigurement remains one of the most shocking moments in cinema history.

Live musical accompaniment by Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

Print (DCP) courtesy of Kino Lorber


Underwritten by Adam Rubinson

Copresented by Litquake, MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS, San Francisco Cinematheque, SFFILM, and The Edwardian Ball