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PRODUCER of the 2006 restoration of the “Phantom of the Opera”

Meade worked alongside The Alloy Orchestra restoring the 1925 silent film directed by Rupert Julian adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same title. The film featured Lon Chaney in the title role as the masked and facially deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star. It is most famous for Lon Chaney’s intentionally horrific, self-applied make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere.

The film also features Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis and Snitz Edwards.

Now in its 21st year, the Alloy Orchestra began its aural onslaught with an original score for “Metropolis” in 1991. In the intervening years, the group has written scores for 28 feature length film presentations (including several for Benjamin Meade’s films), typically premiering their new scores at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.
Alloy collaborates with some of the world’s best archives and collectors (such as the George Eastman House, the British Film Institute, Paramount pictures, Film Preservation Associates and the Douris Corporation) to present audiences with the very best available prints of some of history’s greatest film.

Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

The gorgeous new print of “Phantom of the Opera,” recently restored by Alloy’s sister company, Box 5, and Benjamin Meade reproduces the extremely intricate color scheme of the original release with elaborate tinting, the experimental 2 strip Technicolor sequence at the masked ball, and luscious hand tinting. Combined with Alloy’s new score, this astounding film is as creepy today as it was 75 years ago.