Long before teams of technicians used computers to bring monsters and superheroes to the screen, one man equipped with little more than a makeup kit and a remarkable acting talent dazzled moviegoers with his ability to transform himself into all manner of men, monsters and outcasts. That man was Lon Chaney. This 2-Disc Chaney celebration includes three of his major works. The Ace of Hearts, - a tale of murderous intrigue, Laugh, Clown, Laugh - Chaney as a love-smitten circus clown, and The Unknown - where Chaney is a armless knife thrower. These are in their most complete surviving versions. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, Turner Classic Movies' compelling documentary Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces explores Chaney's diverse career and very private personal life. They are a few of this genius's thousand faces - faces that continue to amaze and entertain]]>
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TCM Archives - The Lon Chaney Collection (The Ace of Hearts / Laugh, Clown, Laugh / London After Midnight / The Unknown)
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The first movie to watch is LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH (reportedly Chaney's favorite among his films) which ably demonstrates his ability to convey deeply felt emotions by the use of his body language and without heavy make-up although he does wear clown make-up at the end. Also the 15 year old Loretta Young is remarkable in her feature film debut. Follow that with THE ACE OF HEARTS which is the weakest of the three but still a pretty good film that allows Chaney the opportunity to shine in a fascinating storyline that is still of interest today. Save Tod Browning's THE UNKNOWN for last as it is truly a one of a kind film that will stay with you long after it's over. Chaney plays an armless knife thrower who isn't really armless while a young Joan Crawford has a phobia about being touched. Even more bizarre than it sounds with vivid performances and an astonishing visual composition. Each movie is taken from the best available source material and comes with a newly recorded score composed specifically for each film. View the other supplements whenever you choose to get a fully rounded picture of this incredible talent.
All in all a remarkable set at a good price. Like the PHANTOM and METROPOLIS DVD's released earlier this year, this is how it should be done. Hopefully Turner Classic Movies can now turn their attention to the other classic M-G-M silents in their library (BEN HUR, GREED, THE BIG PARADE, THE WIND) and release them as well. For the next deluxe package how about "The Greta Garbo Collection". Thanks to efforts like this, the art of the silent film is alive and well and being passed on to a new generation of film lovers.
'The Ace of Hearts' was the first of Lon's films I ever saw, and even though it's not really the height of greatness, it did make me into a big fan. The origins and purpose of this secret society which Lon belongs to are never really explained (we just have a vague idea of their purpose), and the plot was also a bit of a mystery. However, as curious and under-par though this film might be, Lon totally steals the show. He just *looked* like an actor, and lived up to all of the great things I'd heard about what a wonderful actor he was. I was really impressed by his body language and facial expressions, and how he just inspired such sympathy in the audience, wanting him to be the one to get the girl (the beautiful Leatrice Joy) and to have a happy ending.
'The Unknown' is bizarre, to say the least. It was directed by Tod Browning, his favorite director, who did a lot of macabre disturbing unconventional pictures like this. It also seems as though there's some footage missing from this one, at only about 50 minutes long, added to the fact that it was only available in murky 9.Read more ›
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Well produced and packaged. For students of the SILENT MOVIE GENRE & The Roaring 20's.Published 1 month ago by Art Scaltrito
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH (Dir. Herbert Brenon, 1928, 80 minutes, silent though there is a record that this did have a full soundtrack which has never been found... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hui Shen ben Israel
I will say it is a shame the original film is burnt - but I can say I have seen the wonderful recreation of the movie. It is worth watching if you love silent films. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rainey Dawn
unreal what this man was able to do. I watched "The Unknown" last night. This man played the part of a man with no arms so he had to have his arms strapped to his body. Read morePublished 5 months ago by true crime reader
Even after having watched the movie several dozen times, I play it and snuggle up on the sofa, just so I can fall asleep to the beautiful music... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anita Swillinger
Simply knowing that this is a collection of three interesting Chaney films, one reconstruction of a lost film, and includes a great feature length documentary, along with assorted... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jrum C.
Many younger people would not know the name Lon Chaney or be familiar with his filmography. If you are one of these folks and recently discovered him through a film class or book... Read morePublished 17 months ago by victrola
I bought this for my Mother. One of her uncles is an actor in one of these movies. We really enjoyed watching it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Patty
Fantastic film for its age. Lon Chaney does a great portrayal of the armless knife thrower. Taught himself to smoke and drink with his feet-pretty amazing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by robert starford
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