Behold, a French story adapted to take place in Victorian England so the time travel subplot could work better without dealing with any language barriers. Despite the unwieldy nature of the plot, I enjoyed it and thought Robert Englund did well as the eponymous Phantom. The film also featured art that either gave atmosphere or foreshadowed an event.
Let me explain the latter. As the police look at Joseph Buquet’s corpse found in Carlotta’s closet (courtesy of the Phantom), a small reproduction of the Venus de Milo stands in the background and behind the actors. Later, during the costume party, someone calls Carlotta Aphrodite. Between the nickname and the statue’s famously destroyed body, this artwork acts as a foreshadowing to what will happen to the singer after Erik lures her into a gruesome end. To further emphasise the parallel between Carlotta and Aphrodite, as the goddess originally emerged from a watery substance, the movie has Carlotta find Buquet’s body after emerging from her bath and wrapping herself in a towel similar to the one wrapped around the Venus de Milo’s legs and lower torso.
On the atmosphere, I spotted old carvings and Tudor portraits as the police and Richard (an English Raoul) go down to find Erik after bringing Christine down to his lair.
I looked the movie up on YouTube to verify my findings.