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Mockery (1927)

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).

2 comments on “Mockery (1927)

  1. Hoosier X

    This looks great. I’ve never heard of it before. The director of Haxan and Lon Chaney sound like an unbeatable combination.

    • Klaus

      Chaney’s performance is noteworthy and unlike any character i’ve seen him portray. My only real criticism is that we don’t know more about his character. Early in the film, we learn that he has never had a friend – something which might have been expanded upon with some flashback or prelude to his story.

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