1923, Universal, 65 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Blaché

Directed by Herbert Blache (husband of Alice Guy Blache) this risqué gem tells a bizarre tale of dual personality and psychological domination. Star Gladys Walton, who met her real life boyfriend Al Capone on the set of this film, delivers an outstanding performance as the virtuous Joy and as Joy’s sadistic alter-ego, the leopard skin-clad, whip-wielding Edna. Handsome Malcolm McGregor is the man who loves Joy, and Etta Lee plays Ah May, Joy’s devoted lesbian maid. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this rare, ahead-of-its-time shocker from Universal Studios.

1924, Warner Bros., 155 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

Raoul Walsh performs a high-wire act as director and comes out the winner in this magical melange of fantasy and fun. Working with his good friend, actor-producer Douglas Fairbanks, proved a match made in Hollywood heaven. Walsh's fine, realistic tone keeps Fairbanks in check as the actor tries again and again to go for physical hijinks and enough balletic action to take the audience's breath away. There are special effects galore, some of them straight from Walsh's imagination. Production design by the great William Cameron Menzies adds just the right zing to Fairbanks' and Walsh's vision in this tale about a clever thief named Ahmed who steals the heart of a princess and must win her love in the end. It's an Arabian Nights fantasy that Walsh infuses with gusto and bravado. The sets are sumptuous and the characters deliciously entertaining in this landmark silent film, one of the highlights of Walsh's earlier career. Also featuring the seductive Anna May Wong and a beautiful Julanne Johnston. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!

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