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The Ace Of Hearts Review


Excellent
Lon Chaney's The Ace of Hearts is, as far as I can recall, the darkest silent film I've ever seen. For a movie made in 1921, an era best known for Charlie Chaplin slapstick, this is some heavy stuff.

To wit: A secret society holds a meeting to determine whether some local fatcat is too big for his britches. They agree: He is. So they draw cards to determine who will be in charge of his murder. Whoever gets the ace of hearts is the trigger man. (We get the feeling this is a regular deal for these guys.)

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The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) Review


Very Good
The original 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera gets a touch-up with a modern Goth-inspired soundtrack from the band Switchblade Symphony.

The film remains the same: Lon Chaney stars as the hideously disfigured title character, who lives in the old dungeons below the Paris Opera House. The Phantom becomes obsessed with one of the opera's singers, threatening the management if she is not given the lead role in Faust. Of course, the management refuses and disaster strikes. A witch-hunt eventually ensues after the girl is kidnapped. The film has been remade and remade again, and it's of course been a much-beloved Broadway musical as well.

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