in about 100 words or less
US 71m, B&W, Silent
Director: Victor Sjöström; Cast: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Tully Marshall, Marc McDermott
He Who Gets Slapped is a strangely compelling drama about a former scientist who becomes a clown after his wealthy patron steals his work and his wife. Resigned to a life in the circus, “He” relives his humiliation through nightly reenactments of his disgrace in front of the Academy of Sciences. Though “He” gets the last laugh – so to speak, MGM’s new mascot gets involved in more than opening title sequence of this dark cruel film (Klaus Ming March 2017).