(Rupert Julian, US 1925, 90 min., 35mm)
Silent Tuesdays. One of cinema’s early horror classics, this expressionistic silent film tells of the deformed outsider who dwells in the murky cellars beneath the Paris Opera House, haunting the theater’s patrons. Lon Chaney’s portrayal of the phantom is riveting, and the spectacle of his final unmasking remains one of the most frightening moments in movie history.
Live piano by Philip C. Carli.
Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.