The Phantom of the Opera

New York: Robert Halmi Productions, 1982. Third Revised Draft script for the 1983 television film which premiered on CBS on January 29, 1983. Laid in are five film stills and promotional photographs with CBS snipes affixed to the verso and folded over the recto, three of Maximilian Schell, one of Jane Seymour, and one of Michael York.

Of the many film adaptations of Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel, the 1983 television version perhaps veers from the source material the most dramatically. Featuring Schell as Sandor Kovin, conductor of the Budapest Opera House, whose wife, the diva Elena (Seymour), commits suicide after the spurned Baron Hunyadi pays people to boo during the performance and critic Oskar Kraus (Philip Stone) to write a merciless review. Korvin attacks and kills Kraus in a fight during which a fire burns him beyond recognition. Five years later, living in the catacombs beneath the opera house, he reappears as the masked figure and tutors the chorus girl Maria Gianelli (Seymour), who looks remarkably like his dead wife. When Hunyadi tries to have his way with Gianelli, Kovin seeks revenge.

Set in and shot on location in Budapest, Hungary.

Mustard titled wrappers, with credits for screenwriter Sherman Yellen. Title page present, dated April 6, 1982, noted as Third Revised Draft, with credits for screenwriter Sherman Yellen. 75 leaves, with last page of text numbered 74. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold screw brads.

Photographs 9 x 7 inches. Near Fine.

[Book #147452]

Price: $350.00