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Carla Laemmle, 104, Attends Restored Phantom Screening


Carla Laemmle, 104, attends screening of 1925 Phantom of the Opera, in which she was the prima ballerina. Film was restored by Joe Rinaudo, seen here with Ms. Laemmle.
Watch the documentary below:

Documentary: Premiere Screening of Restored Phantom of the Opera

This fascinating documentary by Michael J. Cahill / 35mm Films takes you to the grand ballroom  at the Nethercutt, where you witness the behind-the-scenes threading, cranking, and projecting of the Restored 1925 Phantom of the Opera. You also see the changing of glass lantern slides for reel changes and intermission.

Carla Laemmle in audience and on screen

Carla LaemmleThis premiere screening of the restored film was attended by Ms. Carla Laemmle, niece of Carl Laemmle, owner of Universal Studios at the time. Most fascinating is that Ms. Laemmle was not only in the audience, she was in  the film, featured as the prima ballerina.

Ms. Laemmle, 104 years of age when this documentary was filmed, gave an insightful interview to Joe Rinaudo, recalling special moments on the set and working with Lon Chaney.

Of special note is that the film was projected on a Powers Cameragraph, manufactured in 1909 — the same year Carla Laemmle was born.

Ms. Laemmle attended the screening on October 26, 2013 of the restored Phantom of the Opera, the film she danced in nearly ninety years prior.  She passed away seven months later. Continue reading Carla Laemmle, 104, Attends Restored Phantom Screening