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The Phantom of the Opera

In one of the 1919 flashback scenes, Raoul looks out of the car window at a Swarovski jewelry store. The Swarovski crystal company made the chandelier for the film, valued at over $1.3 million.

Christine's attire during her performing 'Think of Me' for Hannibal is copied from the most famous painting of Emperess Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sissi.

The candles that light instantly as they come out of the water in the Phantom's Lair were not done by computers- special candles were used that were sensitive to air. Luckily, the scene went well and the actors didn't mess up, as when they tried to re-shoot the scene, the candles didn't work a second time.

The song sung during the credits is song by Minnie Driver who played La Carlotta. Hers were the only vocals dubbed during the movie.

In the beginning, when the Phantom leads Christine down a passage, the moving arms holding candelabras are a tribute to Jean Cocteau's 'Beauty and the Beast,' filmed in 1946.

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In Carlotta's dressing room there is a large portrait of Carlotta holding Andrew Lloyd Webber's head on a plate.

Since the camera angles during "All I Ask of You" are sweeping, the kiss between Christine and Raoul had to be shot many, many times. Emmy Rossum had to ice her lips between takes to keep them from swelling.

Ramin Karimloo is the first actor to have played all three of Christine's loves: her father in this film, and both Raoul and the Phantom in the stage version. Karimloo will originate the role of the Phantom in the stage musical sequel, "Love Never Dies".

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Ramin Karimloo's entire part is a picture of him in character and a single shot, lasting less than thirty seconds, of Gustave on his deathbed.

The swordfight between the Phantom and Raoul at the cemetery was created specifically for the film.

The Phantom only has fourteen lines of spoken dialogue. The rest of his lines are sung.

Joel Schumacher frequently had difficulty understanding Jennifer Ellison because of her thick Liverpudlian accent.

The fire that burns down the opera house after the chandelier crashes was an actual fire. Joel Schumacher, wanting realism, destroyed the opera house set to film that scene.

When Andrew Lloyd Webber originally approached Michael Crawford in 1984 about starring in the show, and after reading the novel, Crawford made an assumption that Webber wanted him to play Raoul, and spent a year studying Nelson Eddy's performance in the 1943 film. It wasn't until he was at his audition that Crawford learned Steve Barton had been cast as Raoul a week earlier, and that Webber wanted him to play the Phantom.

This movie was originally going to be made in 1990 with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford in the leading roles, the same actors who played the parts originally on stage. However Brightman's divorce from composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber put an end to the project.

In the stage version, the chandelier crash occurs after "All I Ask of You". However, in the film it is pushed back to after "The Point of No Return". This change was reflected in the Las Vegas version of the stage show.

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When Christine removes the Phantom's mask, he pushes her down on the floor. Right after he says 'Curse you,' the camera goes back to her: she is half laughing.

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At the end when Meg steps out of the water, her pants are wet. However, when she enters the bedroom and finds the Phantom's mask, her pants are perfectly dry.