Corrected entry: On the opera house's rooftop, Christine, sick with worry and fear, decides to run away with Raoul right after the performance so that he can hide and protect her from the Phantom, and tells him to prepare his horses so they can leave right away. Then nothing happens. We're brought three months forward to the masquerade and no mention is ever made again of what happened to change their minds and why they did not run away. If she is scared enough to want to run away right away, not even waiting until the next day to pack her things, there is no way that she'll feel comfortable and safe enough to come back within a mere three months. While in the stage show, that was due to the hubbub surrounding the chandelier crashing, that event was pushed back later in the movie, leaving a gaping hole in the plot.Sereenie
Corrected entry: When Carlotta starts to sing "Think Of Me" she lifts her chin when singing the high note at "you'll". Classical singers are taught from the very beginning of their education that the chin is to be dropped, not lifted, when singing high notes.
Corrected entry: If Gustav Daaé died leaving his daughter in utter poverty, why is he buried in the largest mausoleum (which, presumably, cost the most) in the cemetery? It can't be a family mausoleum, since he's Swedish, not French, and the only reason Christine remained in France is because he died.Sereenie
Corrected entry: In the Don Juan opera, just after Carlotta's solo, she and the chorus sing their final chord as they point into the audience. The camera moves across towards centre stage. Minnie Driver, obviously thinking she is out of shot stops singing, laughs and jokingly fights for position with the man standing next to her.
Corrected entry: The chandelier is gaslight. When it breaks off and falls from the ceiling, the gas should have been disconnected. Instead of burning brightly all the way to the floor and starting a fire, it should have gone out and plunged the theatre into darkness. This is what happened in the real Paris Opera house, in the original book, and on the Broadway version. Only in the movie is the chandelier capable of starting a fire after being disconnected.
Corrected entry: In the "Masquerade" scene, there is an up close shot of a female dancer who is lined up on the stairs and is dressed in black, wearing a black mask, and holding a fan. The shot lasts for a couple of seconds, but if looked at closely the girl is Emmy Rossum. In this shot, Rossum looks to her left, covers her face with her fan, looks to her right, covers her face with her fan, then looks directly into the camera. You can recognize Rossum by her distinctive mouth.
Corrected entry: Madame Giry's accent is the only one that is truly accurate. Christine, despite being of Swedish decent and raised by a French woman in a French opera house, is American. Meg, who also is raised in France by a French woman, is Welsh. Raoul, Vicomte de Changy, obviously a Frenchman, is also American. And The Phantom is shown to have been raised in the French opera house as well, yet he is perfectly British. Gerard Butler is Scottish, yet has a flawless British accent in the film, so why is it that his is the only accent that was tampered with?
Corrected entry: During the scene after Christine removes the mask from the Phantom for the first time, he is not wearing gloves as he rips the cover off the mirror; seconds later, he knocks over a candle, and is wearing a black glove on his left hand; yet when he starts to sing "Stranger than you dreamt it" a few seconds later, the glove is gone again.
Corrected entry: Throughout the film, when almost any character, particularly Christine, is sustaining a long note, their mouth positioning starts to shift. This makes it very obvious that the characters are lip-synching to their own voices, as moving their mouths would have distorted the sound and quality of the note.
Corrected entry: During the conclusion of the "Don Juan" scene, when Christine pulls off the Phantom's mask and wig to reveal his true deformity, such a sight terribly frightens everyone in the audience so badly that even Monsieur Reyer, the orchestra director, has put aside the baton and raised a handkerchief to lips, trembling in shock. However, only seconds later, when the camera pulls away, we see him again for a brief moment, calmly directing a 4/4 beat over the orchestra. Quite unusual recovery time, especially given his age and the present scenario.
Corrected entry: During the final part of "The Phantom of the Opera" (when Christine is singing her high notes) and during the beginning of "The Music of the Night", there is a brilliant white reflection of light on the water. Visible mostly through the grated entryway during the shots of Christine, the light in question has a distinct similarity to sunlight (or light from a set), too golden and bright in color to be moonlight, and far too bright to be a gaslight. It's implied before that Christine is taken down to the Phantom's lair at night, making sunlight inappropriate for the time in question. A few scenes later, when Christine is awoken by the musical box, the "sunlight" is located in the same place. Over the course of at the very least a few hours, the light would have moved.
Corrected entry: As Christine and the Phantom first enter the lair in the boat, when we get the first sweeping look at the living quarters of the lair, we can see the alcove which contains the Christine mannequin, which will cause Christine to faint in a few minutes. You can see that it is totally bare.
Corrected entry: In "Think of Me", when Christine hits the high note at the end, she has a wide smile on her face. I am a choir student, and I can assure you that it is impossible to sing that note without dropping your jaw a lot more. Had she attempted to, the note would have been painfully sharp. She doesn't have her jaw dropped enough in "The Phantom of the the Opera" either.
Corrected entry: When Raoul is on his way to the Phantom's lair after "The Point of No Return," he falls through the floor and into one of the Phantom's traps. The ceiling above him is lowering, and there is a handle in the water that he eventually turns, causing the gate to rise and he is able to escape. This seems ridiculous: how could a genius like the Phantom overlook this and put the escape to his trap in easy reach of the victim?
Corrected entry: During the performance of Don Juan, there is a fake fire pit in the middle of the stage. The only way for the cloth 'fire' to be blowing continuously would be if there was an electric fan below the pit. Also, when the Phantom and Christine plunge into the pit, there is no fan to be seen.
Corrected entry: When Christine and Raoul take the floor to dance during "Masquerade" neither of them is holding any sort of mask (despite it being "Bal Masque"). However, a few shots later, Christine is seen dancing with a mask on a stick in her hand. She never uses it and it vanishes after the next couple of shots.
Corrected entry: At the end of "Music of the Night", Christine faints. When the Phantom lifts her, the feet of her stockings are dirty, as can be expected from her walk. When the Phantom lays her down in bed, the stockings are clean and white again. When she wakes up, the stockings are gone altogether.
Corrected entry: During the song "Why So Silent", the Phantom sings, "Remember there are worse things than a shattered chandelier." While this works in the stage version, where the chandelier crashes during in an earlier scene, the movie doesn't have the chandelier crash until a point between "Point of No Return" and "Down Once More"
Corrected entry: Even though it sometimes snowing, we never once see the breath of any of the characters when they are outside.
Corrected entry: As much as I hate to say it, there are some dubbing faults in this film. Probably the worst one is during the Phantom's last song to Christine, the actor mimes the word to the end of the note, however it sounds very like the voice singing in the studio took a breath before the actor finished the note on screen.
Corrected entry: In the scene near the end, the Phantom is singing to Christine in front of the model of her (wax figure?). He puts the veil on her, and it shows that she's wearing it on the shot of her. In the next shot when it switches to him, you can see her hair, but she's not wearing the veil. Then the camera switches back to her, and she's wearing it again.
Corrected entry: The size of the deformity on the Phantom's face is very inconsistent. Sometimes we see him with a small face mask that leaves almost his entire forehead exposed, but when he is unmasked at the end it reveals a deformity outside the area the black mask covered - meaning at least some of it would have been visible before.
Corrected entry: In Il Muto, right after Carlotta has fled the stage because of her voice, André says that they will now perform the ballet from Act III. How were the dancers able to change into their costumes that fast, they had only been in the first 5 minutes of Act I, so it's not as though they were already in costume. Even Meg Giry has changed costumes, and she was in the first scene.
Corrected entry: As the two new owners arrive at the opera house you can see in the background Paris. The view is from the Opera Garnier towards the Seine river (the south). We see in the far background a hill with a monument on top which never existed on the south side of Paris, and we also see that the opera is itself on top of a hill (because of the sort of balcony with street lights). In real life, facing south of the Opera, everything is totally flat. It seems that they relocated the opera house towards Montmartre for the movie. Also, at the very very beginning you see a postcard like picture of the opera house, behind you also see bridges. From the point of view of the picture taken (facing north, slightly west) the Seine river can not be on the postcard (as mentioned the Seine is south of the Opera).
Corrected entry: Throughout the entire movie, various occurrences are seen of electrical lighting in the Opera Populaire. For example, the lamp Madame Giry turns on just before she begins to tell the story of how she rescued the Phantom. Phantom of the Opera is supposed to take place in the 1870. However, Edison did not first invent the light bulb until 1879. Hence, the electric lights would have been impossible.
Corrected entry: While conducting the pit orchestra on screen during the opening bars of "Don Juan", the conductor gives a downbeat which indicates to all musicians the first beat of a bar. However, the music heard on the movie at the time of the downbeat is actually the 2nd beat of the bar.
Corrected entry: The promotional posters and other material show a picture of the masked Phantom with Christine in his arms. The lighting and angles are very dramatic - seemingly enough so to justify sacrificing continuity, because the Phantom wears his mask on the left side of his face in this picture, while he wears a right-side mask for the whole of the film.
Corrected entry: When Christine is singing "Think of me" and the camera view changes to show her in full costume later that night, it is quite obvious that there are stage lights (aka spotlights) shining on her. However, at the beginning of the film, we are told that the chandelier has been fitted with the "new electric light." If electric lights were new in the early 1900's, then they could not have been in use in 1870.Peter Vanicelli
Corrected entry: During the scene where Raoul and the Phantom fight in the cemetery, Raoul gets a gash on his left arm that leaves his shirt looking bloody. After they leave the cemetery and go back to the Opera House, it is assumed that quite some times passes. During the Final Lair scene at the end, however, there is still the same bloodstain on Raoul's shirt. Being the rich Vicomte that he is, he should have been wearing a different shirt instead of the old, stained, ripped one.
Corrected entry: We first see Carlotta in a rehearsal for the opera "Hannibal," that is supposed to open that same night. The directors request her to sing the aria from the third act, then the accident occurs, and Carlotta storms out. Christine takes over the aria, and it is decided she will perform on the first night. Then there is a cut to that first night, Christine singing the aria in question, but in a costume and in sets that have obviously nothing whatsoever to do with "Hannibal."Ioreth
Corrected entry: In the 'present day' scenes at the beginning of the film, we see the run-down theatre, filled with cobwebs and debris, while it's being used for the auction. However, in the scenes set earlier, we see that the theatre was consumed by fire; but there are no signs of this in the scenes set later.STP
Corrected entry: Meg has a fringe which keeps changing length. It starts off short at the beginning of the film, it then gets longer, but by the end of the film it is back to being very short.