Wednesday, October 19, 2011
October 18th: The Phantom of The Opera (1983)
Struggling Opera singer Elena Korvin (Jane Seymour) is preparing for her debut as Marguriette in Faust at the Budapest Opera House, with training and encouragement from her loving husband and conductor, Sandor Korvin (Maximilian Schell). When Elena rebukes the sexual advances of Baron Hunyadi (Jeremy Kemp) the night before the first show, the Baron, influential Opera critic Oscar Krauss (Philip Stone) and paid-off audience member Balas (Andras Miko) conspire to ruin her career.
When it comes to film adaptations of novels, filmmakers' general rule of thumb is to stay faithful to the source material. Films that stray from the book often receive criticism, especially from fans of said book. Looking at the history of film, however, that's not always the case. Steven Spielberg's Jaws is very different from Peter Benchley's novel, but is far and away better. David Morrell's First Blood is great, but Ted Kotcheff's film version is impressive on its own right.
Next Up: October 19th: Puppet Master (1989)