October 29, 2013, @ 8:00 pm
(John S. Robertson, US 1920, 85 min., 35mm)
Silent Tuesdays. John Barrymore, the “Great Profile” and mercurially brilliant romantic actor of both stage and screen, loved confounding audiences’ expectations with grotesque and macabre portrayals driven more by his body and intellectual control than by makeup. His dual role here is one of the great silent screen performances, and was based partially on his stage interpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Millicent, Jekyll’s fiancée, is played by beautiful Martha Mansfield (who died only three years later when her dress caught fire on a film location), and the supremely sinister Brandon Hurst appears as Millicent’s father, who goads Jekyll into exploring the dark side of human nature. This glistening Eastman House print is from the original camera negative, with tinted sequences. Live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.