HUGH PANARO

 

Swirling neon green mists, ominous organ music, and a clip of the now iconic unmasking of Lon Chaney set the mood for the 105-minute documentary, The Phantom of The Opera - Unmasking The Masterpiece.  This video takes a detailed look at the history of the 1925 film, as well as its impact on popular culture (from make-up marketed with Mary Philbin's image to collectible monster models) and the scores of movies that followed (including the 1943 remake with Claude Rains to the most recent versions).  It features a number of interviews, including Carla Laemmle, Ron Chaney, and long-time Broadway music director Tim Stella.  The interviews are are enhanced by a treasure trove of film stills, behind-the-scenes-photos, concept art, and posters.

Hugh has a nearly fifteen-minute interview in which he talks about a variety of Phantom topics from the challenge of singing with half of his face “soundproofed,” his thoughts on the Lon Chaney film, and his make-up routine (“I'm always eating...and drinking...eating").

The Phantom of The Opera - Unmasking The Masterpiece can be ordered from

Amazon.com - The Phantom of The Opera - Unmasking The Masterpiece


 

More information can be found at preservehollywood.org

HUGH PANARO AS THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA