Wait! Wait! Put down your pitchforks. I am not lauding the last movie incarnation of The Phantom of the Opera. You hire Joel Schumacher to direct your film, you get what you deserve. What I wanted to do with this week’s My Favorite Scene is illustrate how a film can take a play or a musical and do something with it you could never do in the theater.
I thought we were off to the races with this opening scene as a grainy, gritty present is whipped back in time as the camera pans the theater; lanterns alighting, cobwebs disappearing, upholstery plush and the full magnificence of the opera house is brought to life in a way you just couldn’t on-stage. And then King Leonidas began to sing…..
Phantom is my favorite musical, though I’ve never seen it performed live. I was supposed to today actually with my wife, Janice. With her passing I couldn’t go. Her joy for the venture was what made it come to life for me. So hum a couple bars for me today; this one’s for Jan.