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Title The phantom of the opera / Medusa Film ; realized by Guiseppe Colombi for Cine 2000.

Published [Australia] : Umbrella Entertainment, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
Edition Uncut, uncensored widescreen edition.
Physical description 1 videodisc (approximately 106 minutes) : sound colour ; 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
Notes Extra features: 60-minute documentary "An eye for horror" which chronicles Argento's career and features interviews with Argento, John Carpenter, Geroge A. Romero, Tom Savini and Asia Argento ; Interview with Julian Sands ; Behind the scenes footage ; Trailers.
Credits Screenplay by Gerard Brach and Dario Argento ; produced by Medusa-FilmReteitalia ; directed by Dario Argento.
Performers Cast: Dario Argento, Julian Sands, Asia Argento.
Summary In Paris 1877 a pack of rats save an abandoned baby from a basket that was flowing along a river. They raise him in the underground of the Opéra de Paris. This child becomes the Phantom of the Opera, a misanthrope who kills anyone who ventures into his underground chambers, just as rats are killed whenever they venture above ground. The Phantom (Julian Sands) falls in love with the young opera singer Christine Daaé (Asia Argento), while she sings alone on stage one night. He appears before her and tells her that her voice fills his heart with light. After leaving, he speaks to her using telepathy and the two begin a romantic relationship. The aristocratic Baron Raoul De Chagny (Andrea Di Stefano) has also fallen in love with Christine, though at first Christine offers him only a platonic relationship. Later, she ruminates that she may be in love with both men. One night, the Phantom calls to her and she descends to his lair across an underground lake in a boat. Upon arriving, she finds him playing an organ and he tells her to sing for him. Christine sings the same song he heard her sing when he first saw her onstage. After making love in his bed, the Phantom reveals his past to her. He tells her to stay in the lair while he goes to secure the role of Juliet for her but she refuses to stay, causing him to storm out. Christine grows angry with him and as he leaves in the boat she shouts that she hates him. The Phantom threatens Carlotta, the show's spoiled diva, not to sing but she ignores the warning. During her performance as Juliet, the Phantom brings down the chandelier injuring many of the audience members. When he returns to Christine, she refuses the role he has secured for her. He becomes angry and forcibly rapes her. After Christine awakens, she witnesses the Phantom covered in rats and petting them. While he is playing with his rats, she escapes on the boat. She flees into the arms of Raoul, and they ascend to the roof, where they confess their love for each other. The Phantom watches and breaks down crying when he sees them kiss. The next night Christine sings as Juliet, but the Phantom swoops down onto the stage and she faints in his arms. Raoul and the police give chase. The Phantom carries Christine back down below and lays her down. When she awakens, he tells her that she is his and that they will remain alone together until death. She hits his face with a rock and calls to Raoul for help but instantly regrets her actions and her feelings for the Phantom return. Raoul appears and shoots the Phantom with a rifle. Surprising Raoul, Christine screams and cries for the Phantom. Though mortally wounded, the Phantom's main concern becomes Christine's safety, as he fears that the police will kill her now they know she's with him. The Phantom leads them to the lake. Raoul and Christine get in the boat but the Phantom remains on the dock and pushes the boat away. He tells Raoul to get out of the cave and out to the river. Raoul does so, ignoring Christine's screams and objections. The Phantom fights the police but is stabbed in the back. He hears Christine calling him "My love" and cries out her name before falling into the lake and dying. The rats watch sadly as he sinks and Christine weeps, heartbroken.
Audience Classification: MA 15+.
Original Version Originally produced: Italy : Cine 2000, Focus Films, Medusa Produzione, MiBAC, Reteitalia, 1998.
System notes DVD, region 4, PAL.
Local note Lenton Parr Library copy donated by Christopher Dent
Other author Argento, Dario.
Sands, Julian.
Argento, Asia, 1975-
Colombo, Giuseppe, 1920-1984.
Leroux, Gaston, 1868-1927. Fantôme de l'Opéra.
Medusa Film.
Cine 2000 (Firm)
Reteitalia (Firm)
Subject Phantom of the Opera (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Opéra de Paris -- Drama.
Composers -- Drama.
Opera -- Drama.
Sopranos (Singers) -- Drama.
Feature films.
Horror films.
Local donor Dent, Christopher. Donor.
Standard Number 9322225025516
Publisher Number DAVID0402 Umbrella Entertainment