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USA, 1925 (MIFF 2007, Special Events)

Director: Rupert Julian

Journey back in time with this unique cinematic offering, starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin.

Witness a silent classic - the earliest film version of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera - as it would have been experienced in the beginning, where the language was limited but the experience was enhanced by the virtuosity of the musical accompanist.

The Regent Theatre is one of the grandest theatres of the era and includes one of the world's finest Wurlitzer theatre organs. A magnificent ‘36 rank' organ (36 distinct acoustic musical instruments), which, with the musical skill of organist David Johnston, will enable MIFF audiences a rarely offered opportunity to enjoy a film the way it was intended to be enjoyed.

D Rupert Julian P Carl Laemmie S Gaston Leroux WS George Eastman House L no dialogue TD 35mm/col&b&w/1925/93mins

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