Strange things are happening behind the scenes at the Paris Opéra, circa 1881, where rumors of an "Opera ghost" may be true. An unseen phantom tutors and inspires Christine Daaé to rise from chorus-member to soloist, but when she rejects his love, his seeming benevolence turns to vengeance. There have been innumerable adaptations of Gaston Leroux's French Gothic novel since first published in 1910, and today’s screening issues from the earliest surviving film version. Lon Chaney brings both the title-character and the film to life in this black & white classic that is tinted, with two restored color scenes. Directed by Rupert Julian. 78 minutes, USA.

Live Piano Accompaniment by Bernie Anderson. Curated & Hosted by Ken Gordon.

All movie start times are 12:00 Noon. Central Library does not open until 1 pm, but patrons attending film screenings may enter the Dweck Center beginning at 11:45 am through the side entrance on Eastern Parkway. Introductions begin promptly at 12:00 Noon.

Please note: Children under the age of six will not be admitted to the screenings.

Image courtesy of Kino Lorber, Inc.

Silent Movie Matinee is supported by Los Blancos.

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