Presentation on theme: "Based on the novel Le Fantôme de lOpéra by GASTON LEROUX."— Presentation transcript:
Based on the novel Le Fantôme de lOpéra by GASTON LEROUX
Gaston Leroux, author of The Phantom of the Opera, was a big, bold, audacious man who loved good living, drinking and dressing colorfully to hide a large, round belly. He tried to portray himself as bigger than life, and many of his novels and stories echoed his own adventures.
Published in 1910 The year it was published, Paris flooded. The Titanic sank around the same time the book was published. The telephone was in use by 1877, but the Phantom did not use it.
The Opera Populaire Inspired by the Paris Opera (an opera house built in 1869) Napoleon III held a contest for the best design of the opera house Charles Garnier, a 35-year old unknown architect won the competition
Construction began in 1857, but was interrupted by the Franco-Prussian War As it was being built, an underground lake was found under the construction site The lake became an underground reservoir beneath the building Water was pumped for 8 months 24/7 Still monitored today for safety reasons
Has a total of 118,404 square feet Stage is able to accommodate up to 450 artists 17 floors 80 dressing rooms 2500 doors Ceiling was painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall 2,200 seat auditorium The great basements of the Opera House were needed for the raising and lowering of giant sets, some of which could reach 50 feet high andweigh as much as 11,000 tons!
Weighs over 6 tons (12,000 pounds) In 1896 one of the counter-weights for the chandelier fell, killing a concierge named Mme. Chomette.
Gothic literature goes deep into the gruesome nature of humanity and its journey to satisfy mankind's basic desire to understand the depths of terror.
Cemetery Place where people are buried--especially with underground catacombs Entrapment A favorite horror device of the Gothic finds a person confined or trapped, such as being shackled to a floor or hidden away in some dark cell or cloister The Haunted Castle or House A dwelling that is inhabited by or visited regularly by a ghost or other supposedly supernatural being.
Mist A grouping of water particles due to a change in atmosphere. This convention in Gothic Literature is often used to obscure objects (by reducing visibility or to prelude the insertion of a terrifying person or thing. Revenge Revenge is characterized as the act of repaying someone for a harm that the person has caused
Somnambulism Sleepwalking, exists as a type of dissociated mental state which occurs during sleep.
Supernatural Gadgetry Some common examples of supernatural props are "vocal and mobile portraits; veiled statues that come to life; animated skeletons; doors, gates, portals, hatchways, and other means of exit which open and close independently and inappropriately; secret messages or manuscripts delivered by specters; forbidden chambers or sealed compartments
The most famous is the 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney. British film critic Milton Shulman wrote in 1975: My most horrific moment in the cinema came when I first saw Lon Chaney spinning around from his playing the organ at the Paris Opera to display his fanged, corroded, skull-like visage to Mary Philbin, who as Christine, had dared unmask him. That tingling, hair-on-end experience has lived with me for over fifty years.
Lon Chaney: The Man of a Thousand Faces
The Broadway production opened on January 26, 1988 with a then-record advance of $18 million. On January 9, 2006, The Phantom of the Opera played performance #7,486, surpassing the 7,485 performance run of Cats to become the longest- running show in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera has been seen in New York by almost 11 million people. Winner of seven 1988 Tony® Awards including Best Musical.
The dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier features 6,000 beads. It weighs one ton and has traveled 2,512,368 feet (476 miles). The original version (in London) was built by 5 people in 4 weeks. There have been over 65,000 performances. Worldwide box office is in excess of $3.2 billion, making Phantom the most successful entertainment venture of all time, surpassing not only any other stage production, but also far surpassing the worlds highest- grossing film Titanic (at $1.2 billion) and such other blockbusters as The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Over 80 million people have seen The Phantom of the Opera.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
Released in 2004 Directed by Joel Schumacher Webber was heavily involved with the music side of production. He insisted that all the actors be able to sing their songs. Roles from the musical were more developed and made more realistic.
The Phantom (Erick)
Raoul the Vicomte de Chagny
Fermin Andre The New Owners of the Opera Populaire