Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 29: Sun Jan 29

The Unknown (Browning, 1927): Barbican Cinema, 3pm

Musicians Stephen Horne, on piano, and Martin Pyne, on drums, will accompany this film live

Chicago Reader review:
Before Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, before John Wayne and John Ford, Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning forged an ongoing collaboration–nine films from 1920 to ’29–whose macabre stories and carny/underworld settings mocked the bright lights of the Jazz Age. Their most delirious project was The Unknown (1927), a perverse melodrama about an armless circus performer (Chaney) and a beautiful bareback rider (18-year-old Joan Crawford) with a phobia of men’s hands. With its undercurrents of frigidity and castration anxiety, the story was excellent material for Browning, and the film races along with the awful momentum of a bad dream.
Don Druker

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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