|In the house of my Father|
Based on the graveyard scene from the original book, although not accurate to it. I’m extremely happy with this one.
“They were marvelous red roses that had blossomed in the morning, in the snow, giving a glimpse of life among the dead, for death was all around him.” -Chapter 5 pg 57
I think it’s beautiful.
It’s the most beautiful ending of any versions!
I mean, sure, she chooses Raoul, who is compared to the Phantom quiet boring. But neverless a good choice. He has flaws but he’s passionate, brave, has his own will and truly lost his heart to Christine.
The beauty of the ending isn’t defined with whom Christine ends up. It’s the transition Erik made. That he get’s redeemed by love is the great part of the Phantom story in general.
And the difference between the original ending compared to Susan Kay or Webber is that the kiss on the forehead, which Christine gives Erik, is completely a pure symbol of her compassion, frienship and feelings for him. Because it’s free of any force.
He decided to let her go before, he understood how good she was by the sacrifice she made by staying with him, and he loved her for that, and let her go!
In the other versions it’s arguable if Christine kissed him only or partially to free her and Raoul, a device to change Erik’s mind.
I take this as a chance to post a link to a text that I printed out, so I could read it over and over, because it just discusses this kind of topic so beautiful. You find it here.
I thought I just ask you guys. I’m searching everywhere for photographs I could use as a reference for clothing and environment when drawing the Khanum, the Shah and general scenes from Erik’s persian days. I’ve seen very little photos yet and they give me not a great idea at all how everything looked back then.
So if someone knows some good sources please help me out!! <:)
I often think that a young Catherine Deneuve would have been wonderful in a vintage cast of Phantom as a Leroux Christine Daaé.
She looks a lot like the description and how i imagine her in the book and has the “melancholic eyes” mentioned there.
Or Sharon Tate
The prison trio (“Alerte! Alerte!”) from Faust as heard in The Phantom of the Opera (1990) with Charles Dance. While the Faust (Jean Dupouy) and the Mephisto (Jacques Mars) sing their own parts, the parts for the Phantom and Christine (Teri Polo) have been dubbed by opera singers. The Phantom, who is singing the role of Faust and successfully overpowering the actor on stage, is sung by Gerard Garino, and Christine as Marguerite is sung by Michele Lagrange.
NO ONE KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS SCENE
It’s the best part of the mini-series.
It makes me so happy.
OK, the Mandarin costume.
I agree with Marcus Lovett about this being the coolest and maybe also most personal costume the Phantom wears in the show. Though a lot of Leroux’s background story on the Phantom, told through The Persian, has been omitted from the stage version, you can still get hints of his oriental travels through this Mandarin costume. It also seems to be his informal “dressing gown”, which is only shown to us when he is at home, composing, relaxed (as such).
There seems to be different elements in the different versions. They all have a basic frock/jacket. Most versions has a “tabard” overneath, a second layer which can either be shorter, pointed and with a fringed hem (row 1) or open at the sides (row 3 and 4). The latter often also have fringes, but shorter. Similar, the version with the long fringes can also be open at the sides.
Some versions have a pointed collar with or without tassels (row 1 and 2), others only have the high collar around the neck. It also varies what kind of front closings the costumes may or may not have, but frog fastenings is not unusual.
So in effect the costume can be open or not open at the sides, fringed or not fringed at the hem, with or without a pointed collar, and with or without frog fastenings. Which can make it a bit confusing to understand the construction.
On the head they all wear a “pill box” hat with an ornamental trim around the crown, and a small rounded point at the top.
As for colours, blue and golden shades accented with red and green seems to be the most common combo. But hints of black and turquoise is not uncommon either, and in Japan they’ve also had an all-purple and gold one. As for motifs, dragons and ornamental circles is very common. Birds and/or wings is also common, as is flowers. I don’t think there’s a deeper meaning to it other than these being common in Chinese brocades and old fabric panels.
Neither of these are particularly in sync with the costume design, which makes me wonder if there is a second revised sketch never published - like the revised Slave master or Sun King ones.
1. Marcus Lovett during fittings, West End.
2. The Viennese costume on display in China.
3. Marcus Lovett’s costume from behind, West End.
4. Peter jorde, Copenhagen.
5. Jonathan Roxmouth, South Africa.
6. Michael Crawford, West End.
7. Hugh Panaro, Broadway.
8. Canada, don’t remember who it is.
9. Anthony Crivello, Las Vegas.
10. Jonathan Roxmouth, South Africa.
The mandarin robe is such a beautiful costume. Maybe my favourite Phantom costume.
Arthur Edmund Carew and Norman Kerry in the 1925 Universal Studios silent film.
Oh I love these old photographs. They always seem to be so detailed and have such a depth.
I have drawn something Phantom again!
Do i get a free gondola ride now or what?!
I just want a fanfic were Christine tries to cook him on a “not starving” kind of health level.
“Did I not instruct that box 5 was to be kept EMPTYYYY?”
The gold-studded, hourglass shaped Hannibal Slavegirl costumes from Hamburg are still some of my favourites. Here’s 10 of them!
I don’t recognize too many of the faces. I clearly see Colby Thomas on the far right side. The two Japanese dancers would be Yukiko Kashiki and Naoko Watanabe. I think the second one from the left is Nikki O’Shea, and the blonde one standing in front looks like Lucrezia Piattelli. So I would think this is from 1995 or 1996, and that the others are Christelle Gilles, Paula Lange, Clancy Rowe, Sonia Sanchez and Gabriela Nicholson.
But seriously, I need a costume that looks like this.