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.
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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.
Poignant drama about humiliation, outrageous mockery and downward spiral. The figure of the clown is used as a pathetic allegory and mental figure to illustrate the purpose. Lon Chaney is absolutely brilliant in this one. Watched a restored version more than ten years ago with a new soundrack.