Produced by Argyle Goolsby and ACWNN Productions, this documentary directed by Cortlandt Hull is a colorful & visual retrospective of the Gaston Leroux novel, covering versions on film, stage & television, including other productions inspired by the "Phantom".
It presents an introspective look at how the image of the "Opera Ghost" has become iconic in art and culture, with emphasis on the three main film versions starring Lon Chaney, Claude Rains and Herbert Lom.
Film historians MICHAEL F. BLAKE, STEVE HABERMAN, and makeup artist TOM SAVINI take you behind the scenes of the film productions, while CARLA LAEMMLE, (niece of Universal Studios founder, Carl Laemmle) and RON CHANEY (great grandson of Lon Chaney) give personal insights into the figureheads behind the classic 1925 film.
Over 800 rare movie posters and photos have been gathered and restored to cover all major versions of the "Phantom", plus a visual tour of the opera house set on Stage 28 of Universal Studios, built for the original 1925 film.
Former Phantom Broadway star HUGH PANARO relates the secrets and makeup used on the stage version, plus so much more.
ACWNN Store inventory is limited to 100 copies and all proceeds benefit the non-profit "Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" in Plainville, CT.
Layout by: Argyle Goolsby and Cortlandt Hull.
NTSC Color Widescreen Unrated 120 minutes.
"UNMASKING THE MASTERPIECE" is fantastic! I loved every minute, and didn't want it to end. I couldn't resist freeze-framing throughout, with all the beautifully restored posters, lobby cards & rare stills. I can't wait to see it again. A phenomenal treat for film fans!" - MARK HAMILL.
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