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239 Ratings

He Who Gets Slapped

Directed by Victor Sjöström
United States, 1924
Drama, Silent


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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He Who Gets Slapped Directed by Victor Sjöström

Critics reviews

Despite the obvious poetic touches—a clown who pops up in interstitial scenes, spinning a globe and cackling about the fate of the little people—this is still the kind of movie where a score is settled by unceremoniously unleashing a man-eating lion in a confined space. It is gleeful, soulful trash of the very highest order.
May 19, 2017
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