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The Freak-gardeExtraordinary Bodies and Revolutionary Art in America$
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Robin Blyn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678167

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678167.001.0001

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Between Silence and Sound

Between Silence and Sound

The Lon Chaney Sensation

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The Freak-garde

Robin Blyn

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the freak show silent films of Lon Chaney, the so-called Man of a Thousand Faces. It argues that the revival of the freak-garde in film occurs amid revolutionary changes in the medium of cinema and the opportunities they presented for new models of subjectivity. It outlines the landscape of Hollywood cinema during the 1920s when the film industry erupted in experimentation due to technological innovations. It argues that these experiments unhinged sound and image from one another in the cinematic spectacle, which resulted to radical instability. It highlights films featuring Chaney such as The Unholy Three and The Unknown and analyzes their disintegration of the senses which leads to the liberation of repressed desires and rogue subjectivities.

Keywords:   freak show films, Lon Chaney, freak-garde, Hollywood cinema, cinematic spectacle, The Unholy Three, The Unknown, repressed desires, rogue subjectivities

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