Toronto Silent Film Festival: Outside the Law

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400 Roncesvalles Avenue

Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

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Master of the macabre Tod Browning directs the master of disguise Lon Chaney in an underworld thriller

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Tod Browning has become a cult favourite for his pulp fiction offerings on an assortment of unconventional characters-everything from crooks to imposters and vampires and out-right weirdos. He specialised in the shocking, the macabre and the perverse, successfully capitalised on the audience cravings for edgy films.

In his second teaming with Chaney and Dean, he dives head first into the gritty, psychologically driven gangster film complete with Chaney in two very different roles-the first the fearsome gangster and the second in heavy disguise as the Buddhist Ah Wing*. He found a kindred spirit in both his stars-the Chaney collaborations are now well known, but Priscilla Dean really shines, exhibiting the same determination to strip away the veneer of civilized behavior with her characters. She’s a stands out as the tough moll and early feminist icon who can “talk a blue streak of razor blades” in the down and dirty San Francisco underworld. Browning would remake this film in 1930 with Edward G. Robinson in the gangster role.

*This film depicts some ethnic & racial stereotypes and prejudices that were more commonplace in western society a century ago. These depictions were wrong then as they are wrong now.

Restoration and Film courtesy of Universal Pictures

Accompaniment: Jordan Klapman


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