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GALS!!

i know i say post random pointless things lol !

but omg i just watched phantom of the opera, for the first time since i was about 12 when it first came out

i am in actual floods in tears!!!

is this normal?? do normal people cry at this or is it just me?

when you are so young you miss the morales to stories, i never really understood it

so i decided to watch it tonight and my goodness i havent cried as much in ages!

it broke my heart, HELPP lol !!

tell me your stories lol!

and btw is that really Gerry singing?

if so he is amazing,!

love natalie

xoxo

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Awww, Natalie ... :hug1:

First, yes that's Gerry really singing all his parts.

Second, yes it's very normal to have that reaction. :lol: I still cry after every viewing, and that's since it came out on DVD. There are GALS here to still react like that after seeing it released in the theater!

It's one of those movies that many of us can relate to if you've ever been rejected or hurt, or experienced unrequited love. Also, seeing Gerry really crying at the end breaks my heart completely.

There are others who will be able to explain it better than I can. But I wanted you to know that you're not alone. Many of us still cry ...

Lisa

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GALS!!

i know i say post random pointless things lol !

but omg i just watched phantom of the opera, for the first time since i was about 12 when it first came out

i am in actual floods in tears!!!

is this normal?? do normal people cry at this or is it just me?

when you are so young you miss the morales to stories, i never really understood it

so i decided to watch it tonight and my goodness i havent cried as much in ages!

it broke my heart, HELPP lol !!

tell me your stories lol!

and btw is that really Gerry singing?

if so he is amazing,!

love natalie

xoxo

You are not alone Natalie. I cried the first time i saw it and I still get weepy after seeing it a few times ;)

Amanda

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POTO is such a powerful movie. Gerry's Phantom has the ability to move us on so many levels. There's the level that Lisa mentioned where we empathize with him because we too have felt the pain of rejection.

Then there's also a part of many of us who get emotional because we see before us a man who's never had a break in his life, who's spent his entire existence treated less a human than a creature, and we want to be able to reach out to him, love him, and show him that the world can be more, be better, than what he has known. We truly want to show him, as Christine promises to do, that he "is not alone."

Beyond that I think, there's even sort of a grieving sadness where we mourn the loss of such a talented man with an obviously beautiful soul, who is lost to insanity due to the cruelty and injustice in the world. Imagine, to be able to create such beautiful music and have no one to share it with? And to final reveal yourself, and think that you've finally found someone who can bring you into the light, only to have them leave you for someone who represents the world that has shunned you?

There are many reasons why we cry at the end of The Phantom of the Opera, and although there are some reasons that we can understand, and articulate, it's really the base emotions that we can't form into coherent thoughts that evoke the strongest reaction from us. You don't need to know why the Phantom makes you cry, because on some level, we'll never know why completely.

Steph

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Hi Natalie!

Like Lisa, Amanda and Steph said; no you are not alone in crying over the Phantom. I just got back from Los Angeles and an annual screening in a classic Hollywood movie theatre. Let me tell you; almost five years later, I am still a sobbing (not just crying) mess every time I watch it!

I did not get to see Phantom of the Opera in it's first run at the theatre, I was forced to watch the DVD by my daughter (to whom I will always be thankful!). But 38:35 into the movie I was gone :thud: The rooftop scene broke my heart, and then in the Lair; when for one fleeting moment the Phantom thinks Christine's going to stay, and then she gives the ring back...I was aching for his loss. I haven't looked back since.

So there you have it. We all (well most of us anyway) feel the Phantom's pain.

You might like to read through some of the threads here in the Phantom forum, and even poke your head in the Love Letters from the Lair sub-forum. There is tons of info and thoughts on this beautiful and tragic man many call the Phantom, but I call Erik.

Deb~ Erik's Steadfast Warrior, Protector of the Master's Ring, Writer of Love Letters

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Natalie, it is so wonderful to still find latecomers to POTO. :bow:

I was one. I did not see it until April of 2008. I was totally blown away. At my age, I never thought to see a movie that would hit me the way this one did. I was hooked from the time he was leading Christine to the lair, and I fell in love with Erik when she unmasked him. :erik:

Cry???I cried not just watching it, but for days afterwards. I watched it 3 times in 4 days on Hallmark, then bought two copies, the wide screen for the extra disc, in which Gerry sings the hauntingly beautiful "No One Would Listen" on an extra disc. Why ALW did not include it we will never know, but it is recorded there for posterity, Thank the good Lord. What a song. And the words will make you cry too. I then bought a full screen one because I don't have a wide screen TV! :thud:

This movie so moved me that I felt I had to find someone for Erik, so I wrote a book. At my old age I became a published author al because of Gerry's stunning performance as the Phantom. I hope you might comsider reading my book.

The info is listed at the bottom of the page and on my personal page is my book web page.

I wish you many many years of enjoying this one of a kind, spectaculay, hauntingly beautiful and "Should have won Oscars" film. :phantom2:

Anne

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I watched POTO at least once a day, everyday, for a week and a half after the first time I saw it! Some days I was watching it two or three times! And after I broke my streak, I still watched it more days than not for pretty much the rest of the month...

It sounds pretty insane, but that's how much this movie moved me. (Also, I was working at home and had the luxury of putting it on while I worked...)

Steph

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Natalie,

You are not alone. I saw POTO for the first time this summer and cried like a baby! It caught me at an incredibly dark time in my life. I had been shoving to the back of my mind and heart things that I could not and did not want to deal with. His tears in the music box scene made all those things just fly to the center of my attention and it was like a ton of bricks landed on my chest, knocking the air out of lungs. I haven't been the same since thank goodness and I still cry every time I see it.

POTO is different things to different people. For me it was what melted the ice off my heart replacing it with one of flesh. I love him and his ability to embody the character he plays for that.

~Becca

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gals thanks for all your replies!

it is making me understand more about how i felt the way i did when i watched it

i did watch it when it first came out i was about 12

but obviously i didnt understand it as well as now

i am glad i decided to watch it again !

it really spoke out to me

and made me look at life in a different perspective

anyway gals if you have any more opinions on POTO

just post them

love natalie

xoxo

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