Andrew’s Video Vault
. OCTOBER 11
* * * * Two silent movies directed by Tod Browning with live musical accompaniment from Lincoln vs. The Moon (Jen Lightfoot and Ed Dymek) * * * *
The Unknown (1927 / 63 minutes) Wanted murderer Lon Chaney poses as “Alonzo the Armless Wonder.” Falling in love with unstable and phobic Joan Crawford, he becomes enraged when a strongman becomes romantic rival, setting the stage for an unforgettable Grand Guignol climax.
The Unholy Three (1925 / 86 minutes) A sideshow ventriloquist (Lon Chaney), a little person (Harry Earles), and strongman (Victor McLaglen) flee the carny life and form a perverse crime family operating out of a pet shop. Based on a novel by Tod Robbins, the author of “Spurs” the story that inspired Browning’s movie Freaks.
Pericles on 31st Street (1962 / 60 minutes) A young Sam Peckinpah directed this entry in “The Dick Powell Show,” based on the novel by Harry Mark Petrakis. Features Theodore Bikel, Carroll O’Connor and Arthur O’Connell.
The Man with Two Heads (1972 / 80 minutes) Writer/director Andy Milligan’s chaotic, angry and insane version of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” shot on location in England.
Rienzi – Der Letzte Der Tribunen [Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes] (2010 / 156 minutes) Philipp Stolzl and Christian Baier’s revision of Richard Wagner’s infrequently performed third opera (1842) about civil war in Rome. From the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Admission is FREE to all screenings. Screenings are continuous from 8pm.