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Phantom

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Phantom

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Alfred Abel, Lya de Putti
director:
F.W. Murnau
author:
Thea von Harbou
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

of the Opera is gone, replaced by Las Vegas Spectacular as a subtitle, which can only mean…even grander and looser lighting fixtures. When that chandelier appears, it’s like Close Encounters: Live!, and the inevitable crash is the near-death experience any orchestra-seater could hope for. Even Phanatics might have trouble picking out trims in this 95-minute abridgment, and getting through the gothy hokum faster ain’t bad. But the cast is caught in a sprint, and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s better scores, Phantom, like the dude under the mask, wants a bit more breathing room.