WEST OF ZANZIBAR
Live Score Improvised and Performed by Ben Model.
Starring Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymore
Directed by Tod Browning (Dracula)
English music hall magician Phroso (Lon Chaney) performs macabre magic tricks (such as using a coffin to turn his wife, Anna, into a skeleton), but a fight between Phroso and his wife's ivory-trading lover, Crane (Lionel Barrymore), paralyzes Phroso. Retreating to the African jungle where he is known as "Dead-Legs," Phroso uses his magic and influence over the natives to stymie Crane's business, all the while seeing to it that his dead wife's love child is raised in the lowest brothel in Africa. But Phroso risks extinguishing his humanity in his relentless quest for vengeance. Lon Chaney and Tod Browning chillingly explore the lengths to which a man will go to torment an enemy.
USA, 1928, 65min., b/w
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington, NY 11743
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