in about 100 words or less
US 75m, B&W, Silent
Director: Benjamin Christensen; Cast: Lon Chaney, Barbara Bedford, Ricardo Cortez, Emily Fitzroy
The film Mockery is the story of a simple Russian peasant who is caught-up in revolutionary activities when he defends a countess who he believes has befriended him. Directed by Christensen, the Danish director best known for his pseudo-documentary Häxan (1923), Mockery is a historical drama which showcases Chaney’s expertise as not only an accomplished makeup artist, but as a highly skilled actor with his portrayal of a complex character whose emotional vulnerability is beautifully expressed beneath his brutish exterior (Klaus Ming April 2017).