The clown known as HE has made a comedic art of getting batted around. Behind the mask, HE hides the torment of once being a brilliant scientist whose research and wife were stolen by a colleague. HE will realize his revenge when the time comes.
Born in Silbodal, Sweden, in 1879. The son of a lumberjack, he emigrated with his parents to the U.S. when he was only one year old. The Sjöström family prospered in the district of Brooklyn where Victor lived until the age of seven. In his teens, he was beset with problems related to his father who had become a religious fanatic. With the death of his mother, in 1887, the boy decided to return once more to Sweden. He joined the world of theater, a profession he was not to abandon throughout all of his life, even when he became a film director. Sjöström’s only appearance on the screen to reach Brazil was his performance in the role of Isak Borg, a main character in Ingmar Bergman’s film Wild Strawberries (1957) – and was his last piece of acting for cinema. Sjöström also acted the role of an orchestra conductor in Till Glädje/ The Joy (1950), with Bergman as director. Sjöström directed 53 films – all of them silent movies, except for the last two (The Markurells of Wadköping, 1931… read more
Excellent silent dark circus melodrama featuring Lon Chaney at his very best. The surprising, almost gothic visuals - with its surrealist touches and moody cinematography - give the lurid story an extra operatic dimension. Easily among the best of its genre, a classic.