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Phantom Variations: The Adaptations of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, 1925 to the Present

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This book examines the themes and variations of Phantom of the Opera, demonstrating why Phantom has appealed to multiple generations through numerous incarnations. After discussing Gaston Leroux's original 1910 story, the work turns first to Phantom on film from Lon Chaney's 1925 Phantom through Dario Argento's 1998 film. Stage versions of Phantom are covered in detail, in ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published May 13th 2009 by McFarland & Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jess
Jul 05, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
This book is well worth the read for any Phantom fan or literary scholar. The analysis of the different versions are more condescended than in other works on the subject (Hogle’s The Underground of the Phantom of the Opera is far more comprehensive) but this is the newest book on the study of Phantom adaptation to come out which includes films and books that were released in the “phandom” in the late 90’s and early 00’s. (Such as the 2004 movie-musical)

The first chapter covering the Leroux novel
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marla turner
Sep 24, 2015 marla turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An updated reissue...Please?

From the novel to the film's and then beyond, Ms Hall literally peels away the literary mask of the Phantom. By both summarizing and exploring the story through various genres she not only lists the versions, but sheds new light on each one. If only this could be updated to include the latest Phantom musical.
Colee B
Sep 15, 2012 Colee B rated it really liked it
This is a great read for any phan. Hall gives us a brief look at the various incarnations of the Phantom over the years across several different mediums. I'm personally a big fan of Leroux's story and geek out over any type of analysis of the characters, temporal perspective and underlying symbolism, so I found this to be one of those books that I just couldn't put down. Hall spends the most time looking at the original (which makes perfect sense) and the Chaney film but still offers a look at s ...more
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