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A similarity

PostWed Nov 08, 2017 3:58 pm

I don't know whether this has been commented on before, but it has only just recently come into my mind. (Please visualise an electric light globe coming on).

I find that there is a great deal of similarity in a scene from "The Lodger" (1927) and "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925). In the first the scene is when the proposed lodger appears on the doorstep of the landlady. He is wearing a cloak and a scarf is masking the lower portion of his face. Upon introduction he makes a rather drawn out movement with his hand. In the second, the scene is where Erik has escorted Christine to his lair. She has just seen his sleeping arrangements and he leans against the wall and makes a rather exaggerated movement with his hand.

The fact also that, as I have mentioned, the Lodger wears a cloak and near to a mask would also suggest a homage to the earlier film.

What do you think?
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Re: A similarity

PostWed Nov 08, 2017 4:17 pm

I think The Shadow Knows.
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Re: A similarity

PostWed Nov 08, 2017 9:22 pm

Well(es)... you may be right!

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Re: A similarity

PostWed Nov 08, 2017 9:26 pm

Seriously, I suspect it's a 19th century stage thing that precedes both of these, but there's probably no way to know that for sure.
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Re: A similarity

PostThu Nov 09, 2017 7:20 pm

Also seriously, that does seem strongly possible - maybe even, in Opera.

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