Film Programs
Art Films and Events: Spring 2014
He Who Gets Slapped
Alloy Orchestra in performance

April 19 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

During the silent era, Sweden’s Victor Sjöström (known as Victor Seastrom in Hollywood) crafted beautifully perceptive portrayals of the human condition. Here Lon Chaney plays a scientist who becomes a circus clown after his wealthy backer steals his wife and his research. Night after night, the clown stages his trauma before an uncaring public. An adaptation of a 1914 Russian symbolist play, He Who Gets Slapped is ideal for Alloy’s percussion sounds.  “Despite the conventional Pagliacci triangle, this experimental masterwork is about infinitely more than the tears of a clown” — Arne Lunde. (Victor Seastrom, 1924, 35 mm, 82 minutes) Presented in association with FilmFest DC

courtesy Photofest

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