Tod Browning’s The Unknown

(With live accompaniment by Connor Gallaher and Louise Le Hir)
Featuring Lon Chaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry. Alonzo (Lon Chaney), the Armless, throws knives, with his feet, at the object of his secret affection, Nanon (an 18 year old Joan Crawford).The Unknown (1927) is one of the final masterpieces of the silent film era. Suspend disbelief and step into the carnival of the absurd.
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Wed. 11/27 Tod Browning’s THE UNKNOWN with live score by Conner Gallaher!!

Exploded View presents Tucson’s desert psych mavens Liila (Conner Gallaher & Louise Le Hir) playing a live soundtrack to Tod Browning’s The Unknown (he also directed FREAKS), one of the strangest and most beautiful films of the silent eara. The Unknown features the great Lon Chaney as an armless knife thrower in an unrequited love triangle with circus girl, played by an 18 year old Joan Crawford, and a charismatic strongman. Come see this exquisite fusion of image and sound & past & present and the haunting sublime!

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* Co-sponsored by the Hanson Film Institute


AMERICAN GOTHIC: Night of the Hunter

w/ opening acoustic set by Jess Matsen (Dream Sick)
The Night of the Hunter was legendary actor Charles Laughton’s only film directing effort. Combining stark American Gothic realism with Germanic expressionism, the movie is a brilliant good-and-evil parable, with “good” represented by a couple of unforgettable farm kids and a pious old lady (silent movie star Lillian Gish), and “evil” in the hands of a posturing psychopath (the mesmerizing Robert Mitchum).


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