The first complete film produced by MGM, Swedish director Victor Seastrom’s 1924 silent masterpiece He Who Gets Slapped,wowed critics and audiences alike upon its 1924 release. It also made a star of Lon Chaney, who magnificently played its title character, a former scientist who loses both his research and his wife to a sleazy one-percenter and subsequently condemns himself to a life of ritual humiliation as a circus masochist. The Alloy Orchestra – Terry Donahue, Ken Winokur, and Roger Miller – have created another innovative keyboards-and-percussion score for this weird, troubling film that also features future “queen of MGM” Norma Shearer as “Consuelo.” The debonair Django Reinhardt-inspired guitarist Stephan Wrembel entertains at Celebrate Brooklyn! until the sun goes down.
Sat., July 12, 7:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 9, 2014