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  • Due to repetitive retakes, the main actress had to put ice on her lips to avoid from swelling

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      There are very few people who don’t know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera”. For all those who didn’t have any chance to watch it on stage, now they have the privilege to watch it at home on DVD. The value added of watching this musical on DVD is that you get to see how the story of Christine comes once again alive between great shooting scenes and extraordinary special effects.

      It is a true pity that although nominated for


      three Oscars in art direction, cinematography and music, this movie didn’t win at least one of them. Lloyd Webber wanted the original actors of the stage version - Andrew Crawford and Sarah Brightman - to have the main role in this movie; however this idea was shelved when Webber and Brightman filed for divorce.

      A lot of Hollywood A-List actors were interested in having a part in this movie. The actress, Ann Hathaway was set to interpret the role of Christine but had to give ...


      • it up due to conflicting schedules with “The Princess Diaries 2″. Kate Holmes was interested also in the role but didn’t get it due to the fact that she was too old for the part. Others interested were Charlotte Church and Keira Knightly. At some point, Antonio Banderas, Kevin Spacey and John Travolta were considered to interpret the role of the Phantom.

        The director, Joel Schumacher wanted everything to be perfect in this movie. He even made actors work on one specific scene for days.

        This included the kissing scene between Christine and Raol. Due to repetitive retakes, the main actress had to put ice on her lips to avoid from swelling. Lloyed Webber did want people to see something new in this movie, so he composed 15-minutes of new music which is included in the film.

        Even if you are not a great fan of musicals, don’t miss out on watch a great piece of filmography which made “The Phantom of the Opera” the most expensive indipendent movie ever created.




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