The Phantom of the Opera

Question: Why does Christine unmask the phantom twice in the movie? First unmasking: During first Christine's first time in Phantom's lair. Second unmasking, in front of everybody, after the phantom shows up on stage an sings with her.

Chosen answer: The first time is done out of curiosity. The second is Christine realizing that it's the Phantom singing instead of Piangi and doing it either out of fright or to alert the police.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: How does the Phantom get his salary? I know he tells Firmin, "Send it care of the Ghost by return of post," but what exactly does this mean? And also, what does he do with his salary?

Chosen answer: Mme Giry acts as the intermediary. She brings the notes, so sending the money by return of post means the money should be given to her to pass it on. As for what he does with it, the luxury of his clothing and lair bears witness that he doesn't pile it. He spends it on anything that will bring beauty around him, whether it's a wig, a mask, clothes, furniture or anything else. And it wouldn't be surprising if a few bribes weren't given here and there.

Sereenie

Question: I really liked the deleted song, "No One Would Listen". Is it available on any versions of the movie soundtrack? The one I've got only includes "Learn to be Lonely".

Chosen answer: There are currently two versions of the movie soundtrack in English. A one disc version contains the primary songs from the movie and a two-disc version that includes a complete production, including dialog. Neither contains (sadly) the song, "No One Would Listen." But Learn to be Lonely is simply a different version of No one Would Listen in which Minnie Driver (Carlotta) sings.

OneHappyHusky

Question: How old is the phantom, because if he was the same age as madam Giry he would no longer be alive.

Chosen answer: He is supposed to be five years younger than her. And even if they were the same age, she is still alive, so why couldn't he?

Sereenie

Question: I have seen on many posters that the tagline for this film is " Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit". Did I read the poster incorrectly, or is there a translation for this?

Chosen answer: "Lorem Ipsum Dolor..." is the beginning of a piece of nonsense text that typesetters often use to hold the place where the actual text will be when it is written. You have either vastly misread the posters or seen a lot of pre-production posters.

Myridon

Question: A friend and I were talking about the movie and about how Masquerade has a deeper meaning than just a party. She then tried to convince me that the phantom wrote all three operas based on how he was feeling. I think that the phantom only wrote Don Juan. Can someone enlighten me?

Chosen answer: The phantom only wrote Don Juan, the others are just being performed by the characters. The film takes place over a year and it is set in an opera house that needs to make money, so they put on other operas. The phantom tries to have input into the staging of the operas and enjoys watching them, but has not written all of them.

em

Question: Does anyone know why the deleted scene in the DVD was cut from the release?

Chosen answer: Because it only slowed the action down without bringing anything new to the plot.

Sereenie

Question: When exactly did the Phantom start teaching Christine?

Answer: Christine was extremely close to her father, who spoke to her of an "Angel of Music" whom he would send from heaven after his death. Christine entered the Paris Conservatoire and trained for four years to become an opera singer to please her father. However, by the end of the four years, she had lost her passion for singing and the music. When Christine arrives at the Opéra Garnier, she was described as "sounding like a rusty hinge." That is when Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, began to speak to Christine during times that she went, alone, to the chapel in the Opera House. Erik began to tutor her, telling her that he is the "Angel of Music" of whom her father had spoken.

Michael Albert

Question: Why does Christine sing "in sleep he sang to me..." on her way to the cemetery?

debbi.ee

Answer: She sings this on the way to the cemetery because she is thinking of the effect the Phantom has on her. This deeply troubles her as he suddenly went from a paternal figure/angel to just a man who harbors obsessive and lust-filled emotions which frightened her (as did his temper). As a child, the Phantom would sing Christine to sleep which gave her comfort she held on to. By singing this line, it shows how Christine still holds on to that comfort he provided her with and allowed him to get into her head. This emphasizes the powerful psychological hold the Phantom has over Christine. It would explain why she was still so easily drawn to him during the masquerade and wandering child scene, and was still attached to the comfort of his music. Even after all she saw him do, she still felt haunted by him.

Question: Towards the end of the movie, after he kidnaps her a second time, Christine originally has on her outfit from Don Juan but then has time to change into the white wedding dress. Why did she change? Did he make her change into that? I understand from like a movie point of view that it's a different song/act.

Answer: The Phantom forced her to change into the wedding dress shortly after he kidnapped her the second time. He intended to make Christine his "bride."

raywest Premium member

Question: During the "Angel of Music" scene, Christine sees the Phantom in the mirror. is the mirror a two way, and the Phantom is on the other side, watching her? or is it a hallucination? As well (related) the room that Christine is staying in after singing "Think of Me", is that her permanent room? Or is her bedroom the one in the cellar-type with wire beds? And the big, flower one is switched out for the lead? If it is her permanent room, the phantom has some explaining to do.

Answer: Erik can see her but she can't see him because usually it's not illuminated on the Phantom's side of the mirror. Christine is standing in the 'star's' dressing room which was Carlotta's up until Christine sang Think of Me-then she was considered the star of that particular show. (There's a poster on the wall that says Carlotta on it).

Answer: The dressing room which Christine is in after 'Think of Me' is the Prima Donna's (The main actress/performer) own dressing room for as long as they are the 'star' of the opera.

debbi.ee

Answer: Yes, it is a two-way mirror. Usually when the backs side of a two-way mirror (where The Phantom is) is dark absolutely nothing is visible other than the reflection but when you illuminate the back side, some of it is visible-like the Phantom is but not the rest of his background.

debbi.ee

Question: After the song "The Point of No Return" Christine takes Erik's mask off and they go down to his lair. He drags her back near the fake doll that looks like her and Erik asks "Why? Why?" To what is he referring?

Answer: Why she couldn't love him back / why she betrayed him.

Question: At what point does Christine realise the "angel of music" is actually the Phantom? At first she doesn't seem to realise, but there is some point where she refers to the angel of music as the "Phantom" with "a face so distorted" To Raoul. So did she know the entire time? Or was there a point where she put the pieces together?

Answer: After Christine's starring debut at the opera house, the Phantom reveals himself to her just after she sings the reprise of "Angel of Music." He then brings Christine down to his lair during the song, "Phantom of the Opera." This is, in all likelihood, the point at which she puts two and two together.

Michael Albert

Question: Why does Christine give the Phantom her engagement ring just before she leaves?

Tallicame

Chosen answer: She wanted to leave him something of hers to keep, and it's the only personal item she had on hand.

Sereenie

It is his ring that he gave to her. She is giving him back his ring.

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