Art History in “Phantom of the Opera” (the Lon Chaney version)

 

I finally saw the 1925 silent film version and I loved it.  From Lon Chaney’s performance to the set designs found in the lower chambers of the opera house, this movie thrilled me to no end.  Especially one backdrop that resembled the Mouth of Hell, religious iconography I have come across when I studied Renaissance art.  If you stop the movie at thirteen minutes and twenty seconds, you will see what I mean.

Click here for a history of the Mouth of Hell

From the Hours of Catherine of Cleves

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