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CANCELLED DUE TO STORM PREPARATION: "Life is a Twisted Circus" The Films of TOD BROWNING: THE UNKNOWN

  • 05 Oct 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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WED, OCT 05, 7p:

LIFE IS A TWISTED CIRCUS

The films of Tod Browning

THE UNKNOWN

Directed by TOD BROWNING/1927/1hr, 3mins.

With Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, Norman Kerry



Taking place in director Tod Browning’s beloved milieu, in a precursor to Freaks a few years later, The Unknown is a complex silent love triangle story amidst a gypsy circus. A criminal on the run, Alonso (Lon Chaney) is hiding among the circus performers with his loyal sidekick Cojo (John George). He is also falling in love with the ringmaster’s daughter Nanon (Joan Crawford), who nearly sacrifices her life nightly for his Armless Wonder knifethrowing act. But she is attracted to someone else, the Strong Man of the circus. And the discovery of Alonso’s secret becomes an emotional string of tragedy for everyone involved.

“AN ASTONISHING MASTERPIECE”-Combustible Celluloid

“IT WAS THE LAST OF THE GREAT SILEND FILMS”-World Movies      


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