The Phantom on Film Screen adaptations of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra: Routes of cultural transfer

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Gaston Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (1909-10) may not be great literature, but it is a unique record of the most important social and artistic institution in the ‘capital of the nineteenth century’, Paris. More significant still, since the novel’s publication it has radically transcended that historical-geographical specificity and become the object of constant creative re-interpretation all over the world. Nowhere is this more compellingly illustrated than in the fifty-plus screen adaptations — silent films and talkies, horror films and musicals, cartoons and telenovelas and more — that have been made in places as far apart as Hollywood, Brazil and China between 1916 and today.

Through its International Networks Grant scheme, the Leverhulme Trust in the UK has funded this global interdisciplinary research project to map the mechanisms and extraordinary extent of cultural transfer represented by the ‘Phantom on Film’ phenomenon.
Effective start/end date1/03/1630/09/18


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