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"Life is a Twisted Circus" The Films of TOD BROWNING: THE DEVIL DOLL

  • 19 Oct 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:25 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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WED, OCT 19, 7p:

LIFE IS A TWISTED CIRCUS

The films of Tod Browning

THE DEVIL DOLL

Directed by TOD BROWNING/1935/1hr, 18mins.

With Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton



Master Ringleader Tod Browning once again returns to a complex tale of the human condition, involving, once again, people who are not “normal”. Again, we have a criminal (this time framed and not a criminal at all), the incomparable Lionel Barrymore as Parisian banker Paul Lavond, in a double role allowing for another Browning disguise, this time as another gender. Lavond is accused of robbery by his business partners and sent to Devil’s Island, where he learns the craft of creating miniature people and uses that to cast revenge on his con-artist associates. (Yes, you read that right). Along the way he involves a list of deranged characters, in a spiraling maze of weirdness and beautifully produced MGM set-pieces. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you must not be a Browning fan!    

“IN A CAREER OF BIZARRE AND ENJOYABLE FILMS, THE DEVIL DOLL IS ONE OF BROWNINGS MORE BIZARRE AND ENJOYABLE ENTRIES”-San Francisco Examiner

“SO FAR OUT THERE IT’S WORTH SEEING, ESPECIALLY FOR FANS OF CULT MOVIES… Perhaps little humans are not that creepy, but their revenge scenes are inspired and original”-Raging Bull Movies


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