Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, May 19, 2011
7:30pm

AMERICAN GOTHIC: A TOD BROWNING RETROSPECTIVE
Tod Browning Double Feature! Live musical accompaniment!
THE UNKNOWN / THE UNHOLY THREE

Live music will accompany these two haunting silent films from early cinema pioneer Tod Browning.

THE UNKNOWN
1927, Warner Bros., 63 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning

Armless circus performer Lon Chaney falls for stunning, scantily clad bareback rider Joan Crawford (who, conveniently, is pathologically terrified of men's hands) in this typically haunting Tod Browning melodrama. Burt Lancaster once praised Chaney's performance in this film as the most emotionally compelling work ever committed to celluloid.


THE UNHOLY THREE
1925, Warner Bros., 86 min, USA, Dir: Tod Browning

One of director Tod Browning's earliest evocations of death, perversity and deformity, this silent masterpiece follows a crime syndicate comprised of a dwarf, a strongman and a ventriloquist (as the latter, Lon Chaney dresses up as a woman in one of the many instances of transvestism in Browning’s ouevre).


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Thu, May 19, 2011 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Aero

Fri, May 20, 2011 - 7:30pm
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Sat, May 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
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