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420 Ratings

The Unknown

Directed by Tod Browning
United States, 1927


Alonzo the Armless (Lon Chaney) is a circus freak who, while armless, uses his feet in place of arms. While at the circus, he falls for Nanon (Joan Crawford), the daughter of the circus owner.

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The Unknown Directed by Tod Browning

Critics reviews

Tod Browning’s masterful THE UNKNOWN (1927, 50 min, 35mm; 10:45pm) is a perverted and haunting hallucination of a film… In less than an hour’s worth of runtime, Browning packs in a lifetime’s worth of passion, bad life-choices, sexual fetishes, and unruly, dangerous bodies. Containing Chaney’s greatest, most disturbing performance, the film is fatalistic, hopeless, and sublime.
October 23, 2015
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