Genre: MUSICAL / DRAMA / ROMANCE
Release Dates: DECEMBER 22, 2004
A classic musical comes to the big screen for the first time.
Production Company: Joel Schumacher Productions / Odyssey Entertainment / Really Useful Films / Scion Films Limited
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent musical comes to the screen in this film adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher (Veronica Guerin, Phone Booth and 8MM).
Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintence Raoul and the two fall in love. The Phantom decides to kidnap her and imprison her with him in his lair. Raoul is now the only one who can stop him.
Crew: Joel Schumacher (director and co-writer); Gaston Leroux (wrote novel Le Fantome de L’Opera); Andrew Lloyd Webber (created the stage musical and co-wrote screenplay); Eli Richbourg (co-producer); Jeff Abberley, Julia Blackman, Keith Cousins, Louise Goodsill, Paul Hitchcock, Ralph Kamp and Austin Shaw (executive producers)
Cast: Gerard Butler as The Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine, Patrick Wilson as Raoul, Miranda Richardson as Madame Giry, Minnie Driver as Carlotta, Ciaran Hinds as Firmin, Simon Callow as Andre, Victor McGuire as Piangi, Jennifer Ellison as Meg Giry, Murray Melvin as Reyer, Kevin McNally as Buquet, James Fleet as Lefevre, Imogen Bain as Carlotta’s Maid, Miles Western as Carlotta’s Wigmaker and Judith Paris as Carlotta’s Seamstress
Studio: Warner Brothers
Film Fetish trivia:
The theatre fire was an actual fire. The director, Joel Schumaker wanted realism, so they destroyed the theatre for the scene.
The screenplay was written in the south of France in 1989 by Joel Schumacher and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Emmy Rossum almost didn’t get the part because her mother didn’t want her to miss her family reunion. Director Joel Schumacher was able to convince her to leave early in order to sing for Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The backstage area of wooden platforms was the same set used in filming the church dance scene in Gangs of New York.
During the Masquerade scene, there is a pan up the stairs. When it reaches the top of the stairs, opera patrons dressed in cat masks strike the pose that the cats on the show Cats pose in any promotional material. Cats is also an Andrew Lloyd Webber show.
At the end of the Masquerade scene, Raoul briefly enters a circular chamber full of mirrors. This is a reference to the original Phantom of the Opera novel, in which the Phantom used the mirrored chamber as a torture chamber to drive victims insane.