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PRE-CODE DOUBLE FEATURE! Sights your eyes will not soon forget!! Travel back in time at Cinema 21 this spooky season for a very special cinematic experience. TWO SHOWS ONLY!! Both films will screen together, with a 10-minute intermission between.
This was the film MGM wanted to go up against Universal Studios—then the reigning kings of the horror genre—and they recruited the great director, Tod Browning back into the fold. Browning had, during the silent period, created some of cinemas greatest horror films for MGM, along with his frequent collaborator, Lon Chaney. Browning, whose previous film had been DRACULA for Universal, which made Bela Lugosi an international star. Browning promised MGM a film that would put DRACULA, as well as James Whale’s FRANKENSTEIN, to shame. What he delivered was a film that nearly destroyed MGM’s reputation, a film considered by critics to be repulsive and offensive, was literally banned for nearly forty years. Browning had the courage to create a circus revenge story which, to this day has the power to terrify and fascinate. This legendary classic of cinematic exotica is being presented in a brand new 4K restoration and promises to be, along with its astonishing co-feature (see below), the cinematic event of the season. Starring Wallace Ford, Olga Baclanova, Leila Hyams, Harry Earles, Roscoe Ates. Directed by Tod Browning. In B&W. 69 mins.
SAFE IN HELL (1931)
Lost, or at least ignored, for decades, this fierce and horrific tale of a fallen woman’s terrifying journey for survival amongst an island colony of degenerates and desperate, sex-starved men, capable of carrying out their own form of gratification. When a young woman, driven into prostitution, accidentally kills the man responsible for leading her down this path, a hell-fraught mission to salvage her soul and her life takes her to a living hell unlike any she’d known before. Since this film was produced during the infamous “pre-code” period in Hollywood, no lurid detail is spared in this uncompromising, brilliant film, created by one of the industry’s leading directors. Cinema 21 is proud to be presenting this rediscovered classic in a brand new 4K restoration, which will be paired with Tod Browning’s FREAKS (see above). Starring Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harolde, John Wray. Directed by the legendary William A. Wellman. In B&W. 74 mins.