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Review by TBUGoth posted 7 months ago
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Christine kisses Erik, who pretended to fulfill a promise, but told a devastating lie. She agrees to marry him in the book, giving up HER dreams. her COMPASSION is her STENTGH. The book was about a women's right to marry who she chooses.
"The Phantom of the Opera" is feminst Raoul follows her to her Father's grave for no reason when he says the Angel of Music isn't real he is being overprotective When Christine knows the truth he is someone to go to for support. He can't save himself from Erik's torture chamber! The Persain was the first Arab character I saw post 9/11. He was heroic, intelligent, and didn't go Psychotic in Erik's torture chamber. He is the only source Leroux mentions, and a large part of the book is from his perceptive. #TheFirstTimeISawMe "The Phantom of the Opera" Erik & I smart, disabled, & LOVE Music. Me and Erik have to be in control. I Look up to Erik, since I was 12. Erik expresses more frustration & disappear against Ableism in the novel, which was me as a teen.
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Article by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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Erik and Christine.
Hi guys, I'm going to compare the original novel and the stage musical that popularise the former.

The Novel

When I first read the book, I was taken aback about how the story was different from the musical. It starts with Joseph Buquet's mysterious death, which was officially ruled as a suicide.
Raoul was a very unlikable character in the novel unlike the musical counterpart, he is always angry with Christine and his relationship with Philippe, his elder brother was really explosive due to disapproval over his relationship with Christine.
Erik still remains the same and in the novel, he's also appears to be jealous to the point of killing Raoul in the final lair, including the Persian. At one point, I love how Leroux describes his jealous nature when Erik overhears the young couple talking about him at the Paris Opera House rooftop clinging onto Apollo's Lyre.
Finally, the final chapters did not have a mob going after Erik. Instead, he tells the Persian of the couple's whereabouts and what he had done with them. A few weeks later, the Persian receives news from the Epoque that 'Erik is dead'.
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Review by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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Christine and Erik, open up your mind!
Hi guys, since I had only done the stage review, here is the movie review that I will write.

The Story

While the story is exactly like the stage version, some songs were revise for logical reasons. A couple of them were shortened to avoid repetition, the ending with the elderly Raoul was added that is not feature in the stage version.

Music of the Night

As mentioned, many familiar songs are feature and are shortened. Originally, the Phantom (Erik in the original novel) has a new song which was written specially for this film. But it was omitted due to time constrain, it is feature on the Special Edition DVD.

The Characters

While watching this film, I keep thinking that this film is like Disney's Beauty and the Beast, with the exception of the ending which both the antagonist and protagonist did not die.

In All Your Fantasies

So, these are my thoughts on the film and enjoy it.
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Review by deedragongirl posted over a year ago
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Masquerade!
Hi everyone, it's been coming to 9 years since I watched the musical in Singapore. I have always want to write this review of the stage version since I had did a comparison on both the movie and stage version!

The Staging

I was stunned by the staging because it was such a spectacular, colourful and whimsical, I also like how each scenes represent dark & light throughout the musical. It was like bringing the realism of what it's like of Palais de Garnier, on which the story is set.
One of my major disappointments was that I did not sit in front where the dramatic chandelier came crashing down during the end of the First Act, but I heard in the Australian production, it is even scarier compare to other productions depending on where you are staying.

The Songs

The songs are very memorable, but my favourites are Music of the Night and Masquerade. The former was a romantic song that is overrated whereas the latter is very colourful and fun to watch!
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List by TBUGoth posted over a year ago
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1. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Love Never Dies
2. 1925
3. Robert Englund
4. Angel of Music
5. 1987 animated
6 Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater: Phantom of the Theater
7. 1943
8. Phantom of the Megaplex
9. Phantom of the Mall
10. 1962
11. 1998
12. 1990
13. Phantom Yeston/Kopit
15 Phantom of the Paradise
16. Phantom of the Opry
17. Wishbone: Pantin at the Opera
18. David Staller
19. 1983
20. American Dad: Phantom of the Telethon
21. El Fantasma de la Opereta (1959) [without subtitles]
22. Song at Midnight (1937) [without subtitles]
23. The Phantom of Hollywood
24. Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse
25. Phantom of the Ritz
26. Phantom of the Auditorium
27. Generator Rex Season 4, Ep. 10 "Phantom of the Soap Opera"
28. Are You Afraid Of The Dark - The Tale of the Last Dance - S7E10
29. Babar The Phantom
30. The Phantom of the Opera on Ice
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Opinion by WildConcerto posted over a year ago
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All right.

So Tumblr has been crazy with this in the last few weeks since Sierra Boggess has left the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera on September 6th. A rather short run, so to say: she did start only on May 14th…

I wasn’t going to write anything about this at first. But now, rumor has it Sierra Boggess has stated that her 2014 run in Broadway was going to be the last time she would play Christine.

Cough cough.

Ha.

Of course.

Bullshit. Bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit. BULLSHIT.

Everyone knows Sierra is Cameron Mackintosh’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s darling.

Well, Andrew did state that if he was a few years younger, he would marry Sierra Boggess. (SIERRA, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE)

Now, please, don’t get me wrong. I love Sierra Boggess, she’s a great Christine, but guys, please, she seriously isn’t the best. I do think she deserves her place in what I call the “Phantom Royalty”, but to put her on a pedestal like pretty much everyone does… no.
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Opinion by WildConcerto posted over a year ago
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Top 10 reasons for why Erik/Christine doesn’t work.

Yes, I know I was supposed to publish my Love Never Dies rant before, but… this is really to help me write it.

So, short story. Before coming on Fanfiction, I already knew that almost everyone on Earth were E/C shippers. But I was still shocked of seeing the ridiculous number of E/C authors, especially that there are very good ones among them. Now, I’m not being rude, it’s okay to like the E/C pairing (I guess…), but I’m just being really honest. I remember, when I entered the phandom, I was a mild R/C shipper (You know, “I prefer that Christine ends up with Raoul because things are better this way…”) But now, I came to a point where I actually despise the Erik/Christine pairing. Yes, I’m conscious that they shared a very strong bond in music, that the Phantom was a very important figure in Christine’s childhood and teenage, and yes, Christine was fascinated by him and did feel lust for him, but it’s pretty obvious that she didn’t love him. I’m talking of the 2004 movie, which apparently has an ambiguity, but in my humble opinion, it really doesn’t. Making an R/C fanvideo...
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Article by TBUGoth posted over a year ago
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I saw The Phantom of the Opera when I was 12, and I heard the Original London Cast Recording of Love Never Dies when I was 16. By then my life had gone through some MAJOR changes. For one thing my Dad died 2.75 months after I saw The Phantom of the Opera on stage (believe it or not) and my life was continuing to get worse, so my personality like the characters in "Love Never Dies" changed with life. What I'm trying to say is "Misery loves company" especially from close friends. When I was 13 I had read "The Phantom of Manhattan" so it was not a surprise to me when Christine died. :(!

In a class called "Working with Young Children" I learned that If a child is born less than a year into a marriage it most likely falls apart, which contributes WHY Christine chooses the Phantom. Furthermore, Gustave's attraction to music, and also having the same concept of beauty as the Phantom, can be explained by the existence of the Hobby Gene. This means that because both of his parents like music, he is more likely to as well.
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Guide by TBUGoth posted over a year ago
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Location: POTO social media sites.

Mission Statement: To make Phans with better Phandom.

Who is our God?
Gaston Leroux is God.

Bible:
Gaston Leroux's Original Novel Illustrated by Andre Castaigne,

Praying to Leroux:
whenever you pray use this prayer:

Our Phantom who art in Paris
Erik be thy name
Thy Opera come, Don Juan be done
With Christine as star, as it should be
Give us this day our daily aria
And forgive us our punjabbing, as we have punjabbed in your name
And lead us not toward The Phantom Reviewer but deliver us from ______
For thine is Box 5, the mask, and candle, forever and ever
Amen

The blank is for the one version YOU hate most. here is my version:
Our Phantom who art in Paris
Erik be thy name
Thy Opera come, Don Juan be done
With Christine as star, as it should be
Give us this day our daily aria
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Opinion by Rac801 posted over a year ago
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I have seen T.P.O.T.O many times, and most of them have been the 25th anniversary performance. This performance is by-far my favorite. Ramin Kariloo is the BEST Phantom I have ever seen. Sierra Boggess is also the best Christine. Hadley Fraser is one of the best Raoul's I have seen. Even Meg and Madame Giry were fantastic. Carlotta was probably my least favorite actress. I enjoyed this performance so much better because the actors seemed like they were literally their characters. I hope you enjoyed this and you can watch the entire performance on youtube. Thanks!
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Review by Mirlotta posted over a year ago
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Well firstly, I'd like to say that I watched the Australian Cast Recording (not being lucky enough to see it in life) and the staging/costumes/set were superb! Really, in some scenes I felt as if I were looking at a real bar/circus/etc that one might go into on a weekend quite casually.
The singing was equally wonderful from most parties - I particularly enjoyed Ben Lewis as the Phantom, the acting mostly on the same level. However, I much prefer the songs of the original Phantom of the Opera.
And now for the plot. Christine, now married to the suddenly bitter Raoul, and with a musically talented son Gustave, is a famous opera singer, called to Coney Island to sing for the first time in years. But what she doesn't know is that the phantom lured her there.
Because, Madame Giry (who had gone from a mentor to Christine, to possibly the worst mother EVER. And I mean EVER. ) and Meg (I really liked and emphathised with her character) had escaped with the Phantom from the angry mob at the opera house ten years ago, to Coney Island where Meg became the supposed 'Ooh la la girl' and Madame Giry the dance mistress.
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Fan fiction by Mirlotta posted over a year ago
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Paris, 1890, nine years after the events of 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Nine years in which all thoughts of Erik, the angel who'd once haunted her day and night had been cast aside, discarded like a broken doll. Nine years in which poor, sixteen year old Christine had grown up, grown up into a women of high reputation, with a handsome young husband and prospects of a child.

So much can change in nine years.

Yet it only takes a little to be hurled back into the past.

Chapter One :

Paris is host to a number of fine hospitals, all which produce many a fine baby from many a fine mother. It is a particular mother however, by the name of Christine De Chagny, that our story is this time focused on.

Mme De Chagney had arrived at the Hopital de la Seine a mere two day previously, in labour with her first, long awaited child, and escorted by Raoul, her rather newly wed husband, the Viscomte de Chagney. They were a handsome couple who were admired by many, every woman wanting to be as beautiful as the young, talented soprano and every man aspiring to be rich like the dashing Viscomte. There was no doubt around Paris that this...
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Fan fiction by Mirlotta posted over a year ago
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THE CURSE OF THE OPERA

Three days ago, on the 23rd of June 2013, a crisis to go down in the history of musical theatre occurred. The female lead, Christine Daee, in London's best loved musical, the Phantom of The Opera, was found dead in her hotel room after the magnificent first show's finale. Phillipa Jones, who played the role, had previously been telling the rest of the cast outlandish rumours of a face appearing behind her mirror - as the Phantom did to Christine's in the play.

Distraught, yet convinced the show must go on, the director (who will remain unnamed) forced her understudy to take to the stage the night after. As the morning dawned, the cast grew anxious as she did not appear for rehearsal. Later, she was found dying on her hotel bed. Luckily, she is now in intensive care, recovering, but unable to remember her attempted murder.

Tonight, Bella Hadfield, the final understudy, will be playing the part of Miss. Daee.

She told us : "I am aware of the supposed curse on Christine's role, but it's show business - the audience must see their show!"
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Fan fiction by Mirlotta posted over a year ago
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THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK

Over the past two weeks, six girls have been reported missing, all with a link - a lone, scarlet rose, left at their front door the day after they vanished. Yet this sinister case has one too many connections with another frightening tale. The Phantom Of the Opera, the tale of Erik, an elusive inventor on the brink of madness and genius. The legendary myth tells that he haunted the ground beneath the Paris Opera House, gradually convincing Christine Daee, an innocent chorus girl that he is an angel her dead father sent her. The Phantom left a single rose for the girl when pleased with her singing...

Though this similarity is already suspicious, there is more to come. The last person seen with every girl, was a man, cloaked, with a mask covering his face, a hat atop his head. The universal costume of the Phantom of The Opera.

An interesting point, is that all the young ladies missing happened to have something to do with the music industry - music being the Phantom's deep passion.
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Guide by TBUGoth posted over a year ago
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While I was looking for a Movie Maker for my older Mac, so I could download the David Staller version on to Youtube, so I could get it to fellow phans, I spotted this downloadable program called ImTOO YouTube to iTunes Converter, which I soon discovered had a thee minute track limit UNLESS you pay $14.95 for it. BUT then you convert for FREE. First you need to know about a free downloadable Recording Software called Audacity. It has a effect called "Normalize" in the "Effect" menu that will help you make the video's audio sound like a good quality CD by just pressing the "OK" button when the "Normalize" window pops up. Click on link to download Audacity

link


To download ImTOO YouTube to iTunes Converter Click below

For Mac: link
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Review by bendaimmortal posted over a year ago
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I originally posted this on IMDB's board as VampireOutlaw.

No one wanted a sequel, <-- (generally speaking), it was still made, the critiques hate it, the fans hate it, it keeps on having to close down...Yet it's still here?
I know it has its share of fans, but nonetheless the crucially and strongly negative reception seems to be the situation in general.

So why the bloody hell does ALW not give up? Or if he can't bring himself to, why does he keep on trying with only minor changes?

~ First a sidenote:
Love Never Dies is not a sequel to the 2004 movie because that movie is Joel Schumacher's interpretation and has a drastically changed storyline and emotional center, seeing to ALW's stage play whilst LND is a sequel to that stage play as in ALW's own original version.

So if you'd like to downright argue anything about this article - and by all means feel free to - but I'd like you to note there's no use bringing up any arguments using that film version. Because, as said, LND is not a sequel to that film.
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Article by missliss posted over a year ago
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Phantom:
Night-time sharpens,
heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defences ...

Slowly, gently night unfurls its splendour
Grasp it, sense it - tremulous and tender
Turn your face away
from the garish light of day,
turn your thoughts away
from cold, unfeeling light -
and listen to the music of the night ...

Close your eyes and surrender to your
darkest dreams!
Purge your thoughts of the life
you knew before!
Close your eyes,
let your spirit start to soar!
And you'll live
as you've never lived before ...

Softly, deftly,
music shall surround you ...
Feel it, hear it,
closing in around you ...
Open up your mind,
let your fantasies unwind,
in this darkness which
you know you cannot fight -
the darkness of the music of the night ...
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Opinion by elstef posted over a year ago
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I recently saw the 25th anniversary on PBS, and while I enjoyed it I did have some problems with some of the performances. I felt like the actress playing Christine was trying too hard to play up the ingenue aspect of the character. One example of this is when she first starts singing in Don Juan Triumphant. She's prancing around the stage like she truly has "no thoughts within her head." I much prefer the solemn take of the song that they used in the movie. However, I do think that the actress in the play got better when they moved onto "point of no return".
I mostly liked the lady playing Madame Giry, but I felt like she was way over the top when she was claiming to Raoul that she didnt know any more than anyone else about the phantom. It was impossible for me not to be taken out of the story in that moment.
I will say that I liked this plays Carlotta much better than Minnie Driver.I dont normally have a problem with Minnie, but in this movie she was so irritating and shrill that she almost ruined the movie for me. In the play I feel like this actress was able to convey the diva aspects of Carlotta without overdoing it to the point of insanity.
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Article by jay1119 posted over a year ago
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bravi bravi bravissimi

christine christine

where in the world have you been hiding really you were perfect i only wish knew your secret who is this new tutor

father once spoke of an angel i used to dream he'd appear now as i sing i can sense him and he's here

here in this room he calls me softly somewhere inside hiding somehow i know he's always with me he the unseen genius

christine you must have been dreaming storys like this cant come christine your talking in riddles and its not like you

angel of music guide and gaurdien grant to me your glory angel of music hide no longer secret and strange angel

he's with me even now your are cold all around me your christine its white it frightens me dont be frightened
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Opinion by Fumblemunch posted over a year ago
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Carlotta is writen as a horrid character. She tells rumors and plans schemes to eliminate christine as her competition. I think what is often overlooked is that Carlotta is one of the so many victims of the book. From what is written you can tell that Carlotta was extremely talented as an opera singer as the book mentions how perfect an instrument her voice was. She had the misfortune to be ill and be replaced by someone far more loved and adored than herself, that in itself is enough to make anyone mad, take a day of sick and your job isnt waiting for you when you get back. Not only was she replaced in a perfectly unfortunate manner she was sabotaged when trying to get back to the top.
She was one of the victims of the oh so lovely Erik (<3), who doesnt care who he has to stand on to take the love of his life to such heights. True Carlotta was well simply a bitch towards Christine she just wanted to have her life back, wanted her fickle fans and power back. What she did was wrong, trying to destroy young and tallented Christine (and im sure she would have succeded without Erik on Christine's side) in sabotaging her preformance and rumoring of what Christine had...
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Opinion by Fumblemunch posted over a year ago
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Righty-oh totally bored at this moment and no points for guessing what and who’s in my head, the same thing which is always there, the same thing thats been there since I discovered it, Phantom. Basically I started with the show then continued to the book and the film but I'm starting with thoughts on the book as it is the most important. It is the real POTO. I had planned to save reading it until my holiday yet when it came in the post I sat on the floor where I opened it and just read it all. I meant to just start it but once I had read the first pre chapter and learnt that the story was true I couldn’t put it down. I believe that it is real, I know there is a controversy to the truth but Leroux was an investigator, its what he did and he had sources who were there. On his death bed it is said that he looked to his friend and spoke how no-one believed him and asked his friend if he believed him. I believe him.
I read the book and I fell in love with Erik, this genius, this man with such a hard life yet was still so kind. A man who even his parents couldn’t look into the eyes of. He wept for the one he loved, killed for her, there are no words for him. I don’t know...
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Fan fiction by coconutcrazy posted over a year ago
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After the mirror was smashed and the phantom walked through it, everyone thought he was dead. When they finally thought it was safe enough, the torture began. People were leaving and never coming back because of, "Some blasted screeching and wailing!" the ownership was changed more than eight times, due to the "Dark shadow man" who terrorized the actors. the opera house struggled to stay alive, until it finally shut down when, according to a surviving actor, "the chandelier caught fire, but nothing else did, and the fire wasn't able to be put out." Many people believe it was the phantom, but, if it WASN'T him, then who was it?
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Fan fiction by megalentine posted over a year ago
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the phantom has Raoul against the gate, it's christen's decision. she doesn't answer soon enough, and the phantom eliminates the other choice. oddly, christen is drawn to the phantom, hypnotized by his mind games. you see, he didn't kill raoul, he just made him dissapear. christen finally decides, wherever raoul may be, she didn't care at all. she decided that she loved the phantom. together, they made many operas, reopened the opera house, and they grew old and died together. but, it is said that if you listen carefully at the now closed down house, you can still hear the duet of christen and the phantom, for their work was never finished, now they wait for it to be done.
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Review by bendaimmortal posted over a year ago
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I actually can't see it as a sequel to any version but especially not to the film. "The true feelings of Christine and the Phantom are revealed in LND!" I'm a die-hard E/C shipper but still I genuinely react with: Fuck no. Forgive me the strong phrasing but I love logic very much as well as the depth of their relationship which LND completely shits over.

Then someone comes saying LND isn't a sequel to the film but to ALW's PotO. But also that the film and the stage play are exactly the same thing. (Contradicting much?) Well, officially they are not exactly the same thing:

Andrew Lloyd Webber: "While it doesn't deviate much from the stage material, the film has given it an even deeper emotional center. It's not based on the theatre visually or direction-wise, but it's still got exactly the same essence. And that's all I could have ever hoped for."

As in, the 2004 film's got exactly the same essence but it's essentially about Joel Schumacher and the actros' interpretation of that essence which became more deeply emotional and different in directional choices.
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Review by bendaimmortal posted over a year ago
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There are various interpretations of why the old Raoul brings the monkey music box to her grave and some even think that all the old Raoul parts of the movie are completely useless. However, I'm one of those who believe that while the film would've worked perfectly well even without Raoul travelling anywhere with the music box, all the old Raoul clips are perhaps the most essential aspect of the entire film's basic point. I think they are the ultimate aspect that drastically differs the film from the stage play.

A monkey symbolizes many things that are strongly related to the story. Essential to note is that the movie's end has a moment where Christine is sailing away with Raoul but turns to look back at the Phantom, while she sings the words "Share each day with me, each night, each morning..." That moment is also in the original screenplay, which also states that she seems to be singing that to the Phantom.

In India, the monkey is a symbol of soul. Monkeys may represent lust. A monkey may also represent positive attributes, such as inspiration and a sense of freedom. Monkeys as symbols appear to have a double or twin meaning. Whether positive or...
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