in about 100 words or less
US 85m, Colour/B&W
Director: Kevin Brownlow; Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Forrest J. Ackerman, Michael F. Blake, Teresa Blake, Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney, Arthur Gardner, Mary Hunt, Sara Karloff, Patsy Ruth Miller, Edward Montagne, Budd Schulberg
The reason that I have watched seventeen of his films this past month, Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces is a rich and eye-opening documentary about one of silent film’s greatest stars who is largely remembered for only a handful of horror films, yet he was one early cinema’s most beloved stars. Playing a wide range of characters, Chaney’s illustrious career came to a close all too soon with his death in 1930. Though about 100 of his approximately 160 films are considered lost, Brownlow’s documentary reminds us that what remains is only a small portion of the greatness of the Man with a Thousand faces (Klaus Ming April 2017).